Pyongyang: Head coach Chu Dinh Nghiem said the journey continues for Hanoi FC following their 2019 AFC Cup defeat to 4.25 SC on Wednesday.
Hanoi were left frustrated throughout the contest at the Kim Il-sung Stadium as the 2019 V.League 1 champions struggled to break the deadlock as the game ended goalless in 4.25’s favour, with the Korean side advancing on the away goals following a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
Pyongyang: 4.25 SC advanced to the 2019 AFC Cup final after the second leg of the Inter-Zone final ended 0-0 on Wednesday, with the DPR Korea side winning on away goals after the first leg had finished in a 2-2 draw.
4.25 will face Lebanon's Al Ahed FC in the AFC Cup final on November 2, in a meeting between two first time finalists.
Beirut: Al Ahed reached the 2019 AFC Cup Final after a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Al Jazeera in the second leg of the West Zonal Final at Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Ahed, who had kept six clean sheets in the 2019 AFC Cup - more than any other team in the competition - controlled the early stages of the game as they maintained position, but failed to create real threats on Al Jazeera's goal.
The Jordanian side came close to scoring in the 21st minute, when Mahmoud Al Mardi sent a cross from a corner kick towards Yazan Al Arab, however, the defender's powerful header was saved by Al Ahed goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil.
Beirut: Al Jazeera coach Chiheb Ellili said that his side gave their best in order to avoid defeat against Lebanon’s Al Ahed in the second leg of the West Asia Zonal Final of this year’s AFC Cup on Tuesday.
After sharing a goalless draw in the first leg at home last week, Al Jazeera lost in Beirut as Tunisian striker Ahmed Akaichi scored the only goal for Al Ahed at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium.
Goalkeeper change gave me confidence to shoot, admits Kim
Pyongyang: 4.25 SC’s Kim Yu-song has revealed that Hanoi FC’s forced goalkeeper change in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final was what gave the striker the confidence to shoot from distance and secure a late 2-2 draw.
With the DPR Korea side 2-1 down at Hang Day Stadium, Hanoi’s goalkeeper Nguyen Van Cong picked up an injury and was replaced by Bui Tien Dung in the 35th minute.
The hosts went on to dominate large spells of the second half but were unable to make their superiority count and, with three minutes to play, Kim’s sweetly struck effort from 25 yards found its way into the back of the net to secure the draw and a potentially crucial second away goal.