Group E: Bashundhara Kings cruise past TC Sports Club
Dhaka: Hernan Barcos scored four and Anisur Rahman saved a second half penalty as Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings made a winning start to their 2020 AFC Cup Group E campaign on Wednesday with a 5-1 victory over TC Sports Club from the Maldives in Dhaka.
Barcos netted a pair of headers in the first half before claiming another two goals in the second half while Rahman denied Ismail Easa from the spot to earn Oscar Bruzon’s side all three points in the Group E opener at Bangabandhu National Stadium. Daniel Colindres was also on target for Bashundhara Kings.
Singapore: Daniel Bennett was full of praise for Tampines Rovers' second-half display after the Singaporean side overcame first-half difficulties to post a 2-1 victory against Myanmar’s Shan United on Tuesday and move top of the Group H standings.
In testing conditions at Jurong West Stadium, neither side was able to break the deadlock in a goalless first half, before a close-range header from Boris Kiptovic and a Jordan Webb tap-in put Tampines firmly in control after the interval.
Shan netted a consolation in stoppage time but it was too little, too late as the hosts claimed all three points to move two points clear of Indonesia’s PSM Makassar at the Group H summit.
Group F: Ho Chi Minh City FC's Xuan Nam sinks Lao Toyota FC
Vientiane: Substitute Nguyen Xuan Nam scored twice as Ho Chi Minh City FC eventually saw off a stubborn Lao Toyota FC to seal a 2-0 win at the National Stadium in Vientiane in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup on Tuesday.
Xuan Nam netted twice in the final 18 minutes to ensure a frustrating evening for Ho Chi Minh City ended with all three points going back to Vietnam despite a series of missed opportunities for Jeong Hae-seong’s side to wrap up the win much earlier.
Yangon: Than Piang’s solitary strike nine minutes from time earned Yangon United a 1-0 win over Hougang United at Thuwunna Stadium on Tuesday as the club from Myanmar maintained their unbeaten start to Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup.
Tin Maung Tun’s team dominated throughout the 90 minutes but looked set to be frustrated by Hougang goalkeeper Khariulhin Khalid and their own poor finishing until Than rolled his effort home to secure all three points.
The win moves Yangon onto seven points from their opening three games of the 2020 campaign while Hougang remain on the three points earned in their opening day win over Lao Toyota.
Where are they now? FC Nasaf’s 2011 AFC Cup winners
Bishkek: They were the history-makers. Uzbekistan had been Asian Games champions in 1994 and have since won an AFC U23 Championship title in 2018, but FC Nasaf’s 2011 AFC Cup success makes the Karshi club the only team from the nation to have lifted a major Asian club title.
Led by Ukrainian head coach Anatoliy Demyanenko, Nasaf’s 2-1 win over Kuwait SC in the final earned the club from Uzbekistan’s south – who have never won the league title in their homeland – a priceless victory.