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Group F: Naga World 1-5 Tampines Rovers FC

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Phnom Penh: Singapore's Tampines Rovers FC came back from a goal down to beat Naga World of Cambodia 5-1 on Tuesday, to continue their unbeaten run in their 2019 AFC Cup Group F campaign. 

There was an uneventful opening to the game, with both sides struggling to make anything happen in the final third of the pitch.

But there was finally a bit of quality when Naga World opened the scoring with an excellent counter attack in the 24th minute. Kipson Atuheire released Esoh Omogba down the right wing and the Nigerian’s low cross was slammed high into the net by Kouch Dani.

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Tampines raised the tempo after conceding but were unable to break down the home defence while Naga World looked dangerous on the break.

In the 43rd minute, Ryutaro Megumi had a fine chance to equalise when Webb found him in the penalty area. The Japanese striker took a touch but blazed his shot high and wide.

Yasir Hanapi’s powerful shot from the edge of the box was then tipped over by Naga World goalkeeper Sou Yaty.

Tampines’ pressure paid off on the stroke of half-time after a mix-up in the Naga World defence. Webb crossed from the left and when goalkeeper Sou Yaty and centre-back Nhim Sovannara got their wires crossed, the ball crept in at the far post.

Nagaworld had a good chance to regain the lead in the sixth minute of the second half when Omogba’s excellent crossfield pass found Amir Gurbani. One-on-one with the goalkeeper, the midfielder elected to try the lob but his effort went just over.

The hosts were made to pay for the miss when Tampines went ahead minutes later. Zehrudin Mehmedovic found space 25 yards from goal and curled into the top corner in the 57th minute.

The visitors began to dominate and Webb made it 3-1 in the 66th minute. The Canadian drove forward from the left and cut inside before firing home from 20 yards.

Atuheire had a decent chance to pull one back in the 75th minute but he headed over from a free-kick.

Tampines made it 4-1 in added time when Webb set up substitute Mirza Delimedjac to fire home at the second attempt. And there was still time for a fifth when Megumi prodded home from close range.

On April 17, the two clubs face off again, with Tampines hosting the reverse fixture in Singapore.

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