First leg is behind us, insists 'keeper Orazmuhammedov
Hanoi: Altyn Asyr FC goalkeeper Mammet Orazmuhammedov has revealed that head coach Yazguly Hojageldiyev urged his players not to be downbeat after the Turkmen side suffered a 3-2 defeat to Hanoi FC in the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
A thrilling contest saw Murat Yakshiyev stun the Vietnamese support with an early opener at the Hang Day Stadium before Altymyrat Annadurdyyev cancelled out two Nguyen Quang Hai goals by levelling proceedings midway through the second half.
However, with Hanoi pushing for the winner, Orazmuhammedov was adjudged to have brought down Do Hung Dung with three minutes remaining and Nguyen Van Quyet struck the winner from the spot to round off a game gripped with drama.
Hanoi: Despite putting in a Man-of-the-Match performance, Nguyen Quang Hai has admitted that he is not satisfied with Hanoi FC's 3-2 victory over Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone semi-final on Tuesday.
The midfielder was at his inspirational best at Hang Day Stadium, levelling the score at 1-1 with a sumptuous free-kick after the visitors had taken and early lead through Murat Yakshiyev that stunned the home support.
Quang Hai then produced another moment of magic just after the hour, evading three defenders before curling home with aplomb with a goal that was arguably even better than his first.
Altyn Asyr equalised almost immediately, although Hanoi got the win they will feel their performance deserved when substitute Nguyen Van Quyet finished from the spot with two minutes to play after Do Hung Dung had been upended in the box.
Hanoi: A late Nguyen Van Quyet penalty gave Vietnam’s Hanoi FC a narrow advantage after they beat Altyn Asyr FC of Turkmenistan 3-2 in a gripping AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final first leg at Hang Day Stadium on Tuesday.
Two superb goals from Nguyen Quang Hai looked to have gone to waste when Altymyrat Annadurdyyev’s equaliser brought the visitors level in the second half, but substitute Van Quyet netted the winning spot-kick in the 88th minute to give the Vietnamese champions a slight edge in the two-legged tie.
The result leaves the tie finely balanced ahead of next Tuesday’s return leg in Ashgabat, with the winners to advance to next month’s Inter-Zone Play-off Final.
Dhaka: Abahani Limited Dhaka are far from daunted at having to play DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final.
The South and East Zonal winners face off in the first leg at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday and the Abahani players are raring to continue from where they left off in the group stage.
The six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions advanced with a record of four wins, one draw and one defeat to reach their first AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final and striker Nabib Newaj Ziban said this has whetted their appetite for more success.
Dhaka: Head Coach O Yun-son said DPR Korea's 4.25 SC are confident of winning when they take on Bangladesh’s Abahani Dhaka Limited in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final on Wednesday.
It may be a first meeting between the two sides but O said his team's lack of familiarity isn't a concern as 4.25 are confident of their abilities.
The DPR Korea side's AFC Cup pedigree is unquestionable as this is their third consecutive appearance in the Inter-Zone Semi-finals, a record which puts them on a firm footing against an Abahani side making their first appearance at this stage of the tournament.
ASEAN Leagues Wrap: Buriram United break free from chasing pack
Kuala Lumpur: Southeast Asia once more saw plenty of action in the weekend's fixtures as the title hunts in Thailand and the Philippines became a little clearer with important wins for Buriram United and Ceres Negros.
Elsewhere, Vietnam's league leaders Hanoi FC made it three wins in a row while there were big wins for the top two in Cambodia as we delve into our weekly wrap of the ASEAN Zone's domestic leagues.
Central Asian domestic wrap: Upsets galore in Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan
Kuala Lumpur: Little went to plan for the top clubs in Kyrgyz Republic or Tajikistan, as the title contenders in both countries struggled on an unpredictable weekend of results.
While there were several upsets in the region, the Uzbekistan Super League largely went to form as FC Pakhtakor and PFC Lokomotiv both picked up wins, while Turkmenistan’s main title challengers made winning starts in domestic cup quarter-final ties.