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4.25 SC through to second successive Inter-Zone final

Pyongyang: Kim Yu-song struck twice as 4.25 SC advanced to the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone final with a 2-0 win over Abahani Dhaka Limited in their Inter-Zone Semi-final return leg on Wednesday, with the DPR Korea side winning 5-4 on aggregate.

A tight first half at the Kim II Sung Stadium in Pyongyang saw neither side able to find the back of the net at the end of the first 45 minutes.

That, however, changed four minutes into the second half as substitute Kim found the back of the net, which drew the DPR Korea side level on aggregate and with the away goals advantage.

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Bangladesh side Abahani, who had earned many admirers with their fairytale run in the 2019 AFC Cup, tried to find their way back but suffered a blow when Mamun Miah was sent off in the 67th minute.

With 4.25 SC never having lost a home match in the AFC Cup, 10-men Abahani found it even more difficult to find a way through and Kim confirmed his team's place in their second successive AFC Cup Inter-Zone final with his second goal in the 83rd minute.

Having been denied a place in the 2018 AFC Cup final by Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr, 4.25 SC will be eager to go all the way this year.

They will face Vietnam's Hanoi FC, who defeated Altyn Asyr in their semi-final on Tuesday, in the Inter-Zone Final on September 25 and October 2.

The winners will go on to face the winners of the West Zonal final - either Al Ahed FC of Lebanon or Jordan's Al Jazeera - in the AFC Cup final on November 2.

Photos: AFC Files

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