Dhaka: Argentinian striker Hernan Barcos hailed Bashundhara Kings’ AFC Cup debut as “perfect” after his four-goal haul helped the Bangladeshi side to a 5-1 win over TC Sports Club from the Maldives on Wednesday.
The club from Dhaka were making their first-ever appearance in the group phase of the AFC Cup and they made an immediate impact thanks to the former Shanghai Shenhua forward’s prowess in front of goal.
Barcos scored four with Daniel Colindres also on the scoresheet for the Kings, who also had goalkeeper Anisur Rahman making a vital penalty save on their way to an historic inaugural AFC Cup win.
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“We waited so much for this game,” said Barcos. “This club needs this and 5-1 is very good for us.
“It was a very beautiful game, I think it was perfect. There were only one or two problems but it’s a very good start to the AFC Cup. Congratulations to all the players.”
Barcos was the difference between the teams, heading home twice in the first half before also scoring from the penalty spot and netting with a late audacious lob to complete his side’s impressive win.
But for the former Argentina international, the win for the team was more important than his individual performance.
“For the team, we were strong and for me that’s more important than scoring one or two goals,” he said. “It was important to win.”
Rahman’s involvement was also key to the victory, with the goalkeeper saving from Ismail Easa when the Kings were holding a 2-1 lead.
It was the second penalty save by Rahman during the game, with the custodian also keeping out an earlier effort from Easa only for the striker to net the rebound.
But those saves, claimed TC Sports Club’s Akram Abdul Ghanee, were instrumental to the home side’s eventual win.
“We were not careful in defence and we conceded two easy goals,” he said. “The performance was the score. It’s 5-1 and if you lose 5-1 the performance is very bad. We have to be more careful in defence in the next game.
“The most important thing was that we were in the fight until we missed the penalty because it was crazy that we missed two penalties. Because of the two penalties, that was the turning point of the game.
“We know the strength they have with their striker. We need to be more careful on the defensive side.”
Bashundhara Kings play another club from Maldives, Maziya Sports & Recreation away in their next Group E tie on April 14 while TC Sports Club will host Chennai City FC of India a day later.
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