We lived up to expectations, says Khujand’s Lazarevic
Dushanbe: FC Khujand head coach Nikola Lazarevic praised his victorious players, saying they achieved what was expected of them by securing their place in the AFC Cup group stage with a 3-1 extra-time play-off win over Kyrgyz Republic’s PFC Neftchi on Wednesday.
Khujand had suffered a 1-0 first leg defeat in Jalal-Abad on February 19, but they levelled the tie with a 1-0 win after 90 minutes at Central Republican Stadium, before scoring two further goals in extra time.
It took more nearly 200 minutes of football for the club from Tajikistan to take the lead in the two-legged tie, but Dilshod Bozorov’s hat-trick proved decisive as Khujand returned to the group sage for the second successive season.
Kaya FC's Casas hails coaching staff after battling draw with Tampines
Manila: Kaya FC-Iloilo goalkeeper Louie Casas praised his team’s coaching staff after the Philippines Football League side held out to claim a goalless draw against Tampines Rovers in their 2020 AFC Cup meeting on Wednesday.
Casas made several saves to deny the Singaporean side to ensure both sides ended Matchday Two of the competition unbeaten and level on four points at the top of the Group H standings.
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.
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.
Jakarta: Indonesia's PSM Makassar secured their first points in Group H of the 2020 AFC Cup after beating Shan United FC of Myanmar 3-1 on Wednesday.
Bojan Hodak’s side looked set for a comfortable day out when Giancarlo Rodrigues opened the scoring in the third minute, before Yakob Sayuri doubled their lead just after half-time, but a long-range strike Htet Phyoe Wai ensured a tense finish at Madya Stadium.
A last-minute Ferdinand Sinaga goal killed off Shan United’s late revival, confirming their 12th loss in a row in the AFC Cup group stage, equalling a competition record set by Tajikistan’s FC Ravshan in 2014.
Group H - MD2: Kaya FC-Iloilo 0-0 Tampines Rovers FC
Manila: Kaya FC Iloilo held on to secure a point against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on Wednesday as the teams shared a goalless draw in their 2020 AFC Cup Group H encounter at Manila’s Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The draw moves both sides on to four points from their opening two games and keeps them both a point clear of third placed PSM Makassar from Indonesia, who defeated Myanmar’s Shan United earlier in the day.