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Group F - MD1: Lao Toyota FC 1-3 Hougang United FC

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Vientiane: Hougang United FC got their AFC Cup 2020 campaign off to a splendid start after defeating Lao Toyota 3-1 in a Group F tie at the Laos National Stadium

Goran Jerkovic gave Lao the lead on 15 minutes but his effort was cancelled out in the 39th minute by Hougang’s Charlie Machell before Plazibat scored twice in the second half to ensure victory.

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Lao had a look at goal in the seventh minute but Phithack Kongmathilath’s shot from outside the box was blocked by Hougang defenders.

Jun Fukuda’s side continued to press and opened the scoring in 15th minute through Goran Jerković’s header after the Frenchman connected beautifully to Laércio’s free-kick.

Laos almost doubled their lead eight minutes later when Saison Khounsamnan sent a wonderful cross into the area but Manolom Phetphakdy sent his header wide.

Hougang came close in the 25th minute when Faiz Salleh found Plazibat inside the box but the Croatian forward failed to find the target.

Hougang, however, were level in the 39th minute as Machell clinically finished Plazibat’s assist.

Hougang continued to dominate possession at the start of the second half and could have doubled their advantage in the 49th minute when Machell got into a good scoring position but the midfielder didn’t do justice to Hafiz Sujad’s assist.

The Singapore Premier League club took the lead in the 53rd minute when Plazibat completed a good counter-attacking move with a powerful drive from above the box following Sahil Suhaimi’s through pass.

Lao piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser but were left frustrated as Hougang converted a late penalty through Plazibat to seal the points.

Hougang will next face Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, while Lao take on Myanmar's Yangon United.

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