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Group F: Hanoi FC 0-1 Yangon United FC

Hanoi: Maung Maung Lwin’s first-half strike earned Yangon United their first victory of the 2019 AFC Cup campaign as they defeated Hanoi FC 1-0 on Group F Matchday Three. 

There was an early scare for the hosts when Sekou Sylla found Soe Min Naing in space but the striker headed straight at Nguyen Van Cong.

Hanoi hit back and almost took the lead after a breakaway attack ended with Pape Omar Faye’s low shot from 14 yards being saved by Kyaw Zin Htet.

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In the 25th minute, the Yangon keeper had to look lively again as he pushed Hoang Vu Samson’s header wide. Another cross from the right then found Nguyen Thanh Chung, whose looping header struck the bar.

But Hanoi were stunned in the 42nd minute when Yangon took advantage of a defensive error. Tran Van Khien was much too casual as he tried to shield the ball and Maung Maung Lwin brushed him aside, ran clear and sidefooted home against the run of play.

Incredibly, the home side almost levelled immediately. Kyaw Zin Htet saved Omar Faye’s header and the rebound fell for Hoang Vu Samson who blazed over from three yards out.

Hoang Vu Samson bulleted a header straight at the Yangon keeper three minutes into the second half as the visitors survived again.

Hanoi were then given the perfect opportunity to equalise in the 55th minute when Omar Faye went down in the box and a penalty was given. Skipper Nguyen Van Quyet took the spot-kick but put it well wide.

Kyaw Zin Oo’s strike had to be saved by Van Cong in a rare attack from the away side. But normal service was resumed when Kyaw Zin Htet saved from Ganiyu Oseni’s shot on the stretch.

Omar Faye headed another good chance wide as the home side’s frustration continued. Kyaw Zin Htet then pushed wide a Do Hung Dung shot that looked destined for the bottom corner with under 15 minutes remaining.

There was one final scare for the visitors when Ngan Van Dai headed past the post in added time but Yangon United held on to earn their first three points of the campaign. Hanoi’s first defeat leaves them three points behind group leaders Tampines Rovers.

Hanoi FC will travel to Myanmar looking for revenge in the reverse fixture in Yangon on April 17.

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