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Group F: Yangon United 1-3 Tampines Rovers FC

Yangon: Tampines Rovers of Singapore got their 2019 AFC Cup Group F campaign off to a sensational start on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat Myanmar’s Yangon United 3-1 on the first day of action.

It only took 13 minutes for the scoring to get underway at Thuwunna Stadium, as Sekou Sylla received a Htoo Khant Lwin throw-in from the right, dropped the shoulder to turn his marker Amirul Adli with ease, and then slammed home past Tampines goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari from an acute angle to give Yangon, ASEAN Zonal semi-finalists last year, the lead.

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Tampines only picked up one point when exiting at the group stage in last year’s competition but they settled well after falling behind and threatened going forwards as the first half progressed – especially down the left hand side where Jordan Webb was constantly probing, and from whose pass Irwan Shah went closest for the visitors when he sent an effort into the side netting in the 43rd minute.

Kadir Yahaya’s side came out the stronger after the break, too, and Ryutaro Megumi almost leveled things in the 51st minute as his effort from 12 yards hammered off the bar with Kyaw Zin Htet beaten.

Four minutes later the Japanese forward was to play a part in restoring parity, however, fizzing a ball across the face of goal for the onrushing Khairul Amri to convert from close range.

Tampines then moved ahead in the 61st minute. Webb got in behind on the left and picked out an unmarked Megumi at the back post, and even though his contact somehow only sent the ball against the post instead of over the line Zehrudin Mehmedovic was following in to spare his teammate’s blushes and make it 2-1.

Megumi did have his shooting boots back on in the 68th minute though, making no mistake from inside the area after a ball into the box broke to him via a deflection off Yangon defender Pyae Phyo Zaw to make it 3-1 and wrap up the three points.

The next round of games takes place on March 12, when Tampines play host to Vietnam’s Hanoi FC and Yangon travel to Cambodia to take on Naga World FC.

Photos: AFC & Myanmar Football Federation

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