AFC Cup 2020 Allianz Goal of the Week: Yakob Sayuri
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that PSM Makassar's Yakob Sayuri is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2020 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Analysis: Ho Chi Minh City edge Hougang for maiden victory
Singapore: A dominant hour of play from visitors Ho Chi Minh City FC brought the AFC Cup debutants their first win on the Continent, despite a late scare, against Singapore's Hougang United on Tuesday.
Having shared an action-packed 2-2 draw with Yangon United in their bow on the Asian stage a fortnight ago, there were goals galore again for Ho Chi Minh City although this time they returned home with all three points after an exciting 3-2 win at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Group F - MD2: Hougang United FC 2-3 Ho Chi Minh City FC
Singapore: Ho Chi Minh City FC produced a dominant opening hour, before enduring a nervy finale in their 3-2 win over Singapore’s Hougang United FC in their 2020 AFC Cup Group F tie at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Tuesday.
The Vietnamese side were cruising at 3-0 after an Amido Balde double followed Nguyen Cong Phuong’s opening goal, but a late brace from Hougang’s Stipe Plazibat meant the visitors’ handsome lead nearly evaporated
Eventually secured, Ho Chi Minh City’s three points see them leapfrog their Singaporean opponents into second place in the group, with Hougang dropping down to third.
We proved doubters wrong, insists Svay Rieng’s Hoy Phallin
Phnom Penh: History-maker Hoy Phallin believes that Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC showed they were serious contenders in Group G after he scored the Cambodian champions' first-ever AFC Cup goal in a shock 2-1 victory over Bali United on Tuesday.
Having lost their opening game 4-0 against the Philippines’ Ceres Negros, Svay Rieng were looking to bounce back when they welcomed the Indonesian champions to Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, and they did so in style.
Midfielder Phallin opened the scoring in the 12th minute with the C-League club’s maiden goal in the competition before the prolific Befolo Mbarga doubled the advantage soon after and, although the visitors pulled a goal back in the second half, Svay Rieng were able to hold on for the three points.
Analysis: Manama topple much-changed holders for first-ever win
Manama: Just under four months ago, Al Ahed FC were celebrating their finest hour as the Lebanese side lifted the 2019 AFC Cup after defeating DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC in the final in Kuala Lumpur.
On Monday, the defending champions suffered their first defeat in the competition since May 2018 as Bahrain’s Manama Club proved too good for a side that bore little resemblance to the one that tasted Continental glory to, in turn, pick up their maiden AFC Cup victory.
We had to work hard for the win, said Al Ansar's Abo Alhayl
Beirut: Al Ansar FC head coach Abdulwahab Abo Alhayl hailed his side's resilience after they clinched a last gasp 4-3 win over Al Faisaly in their 2020 AFC Cup Group B tie on Monday.
Al Ansar's Senegalese striker El Hadji Malick Tall scored a brace, including a penalty deep into stoppage time, at Beirut's Sports City Stadium to steer the Lebanese outfit to their first victory, having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kuwait SC in their opening match.