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Hang Yuan FC, Wofoo Tai Po finish with a draw

Taipei: Hang Yuan FC held Wofoo Tai Po to a 1-1 draw in Group I of their  final 2019 AFC Cup tie at the Taipei Stadium on Wednesday.

Hang Yuan came into the tie seeking to record their first points of their AFC Cup campaign but were forced to defend deep as Tai Po’s aggression.

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Lee Ka Yiu came close to putting the Hong Kong side in front when he connected well with Lee Ka Ho’s cross but the midfielder sent his header off the mark.

Hang Yuan responded six minutes later with carbon copy effort of their own, Jhon Miky Benchy Estama was unlucky not to find the target when he sent his header wide.

The Chinese Taipei outfit had the best chance of the evening in the 21st minute when Yu Chia-Huang’s effort from outside the box was saved by Tai Po goalkeeper Tsang Man Fai.

However, it was the visitors who drew first blood three minutes later following a set piece which saw Joao Emir sending a cross deep into the box and Chan Siu Kwan rose the highest to find the back of the net as Tai Po held on to their slim advantage till half-time.

Lee Chi Kin’s men showed no signs of slowing down as they started the second half aggressively, and came close to doubling their lead two minutes after the restart.

Joao Emir again causing problems for Hang Yuan at the back when he found Fung Hing Wa in the box who should have done better as his header sailed across the bar.

Hang Yuan continued to soak the pressure as Tai Po kicked up a notch in their attacks and was denied by the bar in the 49th minute following Wong Wai’s free-kick from outside the box.

Hang Yuan continued to frustrate their opponents as they kept a cool head at the back and their patience were finally rewarded in the 65th minute when Ju Ik-Seong scored from the centre of the box to level the tie.

Chen Yung-sheng’s charges held on till the end of the match to earn their first point in their 2019 AFC Cup campaign as Tai Po finished third in Group I behind Kitchee SC, who edged group winners 4.25 1-0 at Mong Kok Stadium.

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