Melbourne: Buriram United avenged their home defeat to Melbourne City on Matchday Three by defeating the Australian side in Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ match at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
The magnificent performance shown by the Thai side had head coach Arthur Papastamatis purring as they became the first team to hand City a defeat in this season’s tournament.
Group H: Melbourne City FC (AUS) 0-1 Buriram United (THA)
Melbourne: Goran Causic’s 86th minute penalty proved the difference as Thailand’s Buriram United edged out Melbourne City 1-0 at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Group H on Wednesday, ending the Australian side’s three-game unbeaten run in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24.
The Southeast Asians had lost the first meeting 2-0 at Buriram Stadium on Matchday Three, but they were able to take revenge in Melbourne in the return game after Aziz Behich was penalised in the area, allowing Causic to wrap up all three points for the away side.
Group F: Bangkok United FC (THA) 1-1 Kitchee SC (HKG)
Pathum Thani: Bangkok United’s perfect record in Group F of the 2023-24 AFC Champions League came to an end on Wednesday as Totchtawan Sripan’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Kitchee despite the Hong Kong Premier League side playing the final 18 minutes with 10 men.
Willen Mota gave Bangkok the lead in spectacular fashion in the 27th minute but Mahmoud Eid saw his second-half penalty saved by Paulo Cesar and Jakob Jantscher equalised for Kitchee before Poon Pui Hin was sent off in the 72nd minute.
Despite only picking up a point, Bangkok United extended their lead to four points after Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors slipped to a 2-0 loss against Lion City Sailors as the group phase reaches its climax. The draw gave Kitchee their first point of the campaign.
Group F: Lion City Sailors (SGP) 2-0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Singapore: Richairo Zivkovic struck twice as Lion City Sailors shocked an out-of-sorts Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Wednesday, handing the two-time winners a 2-0 defeat at Jalan Besar Stadium in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24.
The win, which came courtesy of Zivkovic goals in the 23rd and 55th minutes, pulls Aleksandar Rankovic’s side level on six points with the former champions as two rounds remain in the battle for a place in the Round of 16.
Gustavo’s 90th minute penalty miss added insult to injury for the side from Korea Republic, the spot kick awarded after a VAR review determined Lion City’s Spanish defender Super had fouled Park Jae-yong.
Group H: Ventforet Kofu (JPN) 4-1 Zhejiang FC (CHN)
Tokyo: Ventforet Kofu registered their second win in four matches in Group H of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 by defeating China PR’s Zhejiang FC 4-1 at Japan National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Nigerian striker Peter Utaka opened the scoring for the Japanese second division side in the 17th minute before Getulio Wandelly doubled their lead in the closing minutes of the first half.
Leonardo pulled one back for Zhejiang early in the second half only for captain Masahiro Sekiguchi and Yoshiki Torikai to score and seal a 4-1 win that sent Ventforet top of the group alongside Melbourne City.
Group G: Bali United FC (IDN) 1-2 Central Coast Mariners FC (AUS)
Bali: Marco Tulio scored the winning goal as Australia’s Central Coast Mariners edged hosts Bali United of Indonesia 2-1 at Captain 1 Wayan Dipta Stadium on Wednesday to take pole position in Group G of the AFC Cup™ 2023-24.
Alou Kuol scored his second goal of the group stage to give the visitors an early lead which only lasted five minutes as Jefferson Assis hit back for Bali. However, Tulio converted from the penalty spot in the 64th minute to help Central Coast take a one-point lead over Terengganu FC in the group.
Group G: Stallion Laguna FC (PHI) 2-3 Terengganu FC (MAS)
Binan: Terengganu came back from two goals down to claim a 3-2 win over Stallion Laguna of the Philippines at Binan Football Stadium on Wednesday to boost their hopes of a place in the knockout rounds of the 2023-24 AFC Cup™.
Sony Norde scored four minutes from time to complete the comeback for the Malaysians, who had gone two goals behind inside the first 14 minutes when Junior Ngong Sam and Griffin McDaniel gave Laguna the perfect start.
But a first half own goal from captain Matthew Nierras and an equaliser by Ivan Mamut midway through the second half set up Norde to hit a late winner that broke the hearts of the Filipinos, who are still looking for their first win the competition.
The result keeps Terengganu in contention for a place in the next round with eight points from four games while leaving Laguna bottom of the group with a solitary point.