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Group H: Home United FC 2-0 Kaya FC-Iloilo

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Singapore: Adam Swandi scored with just 13 seconds on the clock to send Home United FC on their way to a 2-0 win over Kaya FC-Iloilo that ended the Filipino club’s chances of progressing to the knockout rounds of the 2019 AFC Cup on Tuesday. 

Abdil Qaiyyim Mutalib added a second in the 18th minute as the Singaporeans notched up a win that takes them into second place in Group H, although Home United’s hopes of advancing to the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals are little more than mathematical.

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The three points see Home leapfrog Kaya into second place in the group with 10 points, drawing them level with Vietnamese duo Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh Duong in the battle for the best runners-up spot, which brings with it a place in the next round.

But, given their hugely inferior goal-difference, Home’s hopes are almost non-existent and would require Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh Duong to lose by huge margins to Tampines Rovers and Ceres Negros respectively on Wednesday for the former AFC Cup semi-finalists to move into the knockout rounds.


Despite knowing their chances of progressing beyond the group phase were slim, Home made the perfect start right from the get-go when the ball ended up at the feet of Hami Syahin, whose quick-fire cross from the right was thumped goalward by Swandi and his effort took a deflection before beating Louie Casas in the Kaya goal.

Kaya looked to bounce back immediately, with Jordan Mintah seeing his header steered wide for a corner by the diving Rudy Khairullah before Alfred Osei fired off target for Noel Marcaida’s side, who needed a win to keep their slim hopes of advancing alive.

Those chances were dashed further in the 18th minute when Qaiyyim slotted home from close range after the Kaya defence failed to clear Izzdin Shafiq’s in-swinging free-kick, and there was no way back for the Filipinos.

Camelo Tacusalme went close to registering for Kaya midway through the second half, only to see his attempt hit the side netting, while Khairullah dropped to deny Arnie Pasinabo with six minutes remaining as Home United’s defence held firm as they picked up their third win of the group phase.

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