Inter-Zone Final 1st Leg – Preview: Hanoi FC v 4.25 SC
Hanoi: Vietnam’s Hanoi FC will welcome DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC to Hang Day Stadium for the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday.
The ASEAN Zonal champions edged past Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr in the previous round, while their East Asia Zonal counterparts overcame Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka to set up a mouthwatering encounter as they chase a place in the final on November 2.
Hanoi: Nguyen Van Quyet has admitted that Hanoi FC are aiming to end the season with three trophies as the Vietnamese side prepare to take on DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday.
Hanoi were crowned V.League champions last Thursday and they are just two games away from the AFC Cup Final, while the capital city club will face Ho Chi Minh City FC in the Vietnamese Cup semi-finals in late October.
Their first task will be to overcome 4.25, with the first meeting to take place at Hang Day Stadium ahead of a potentially tricky reverse fixture in Pyongyang, where their opponents boast a 100 percent record in the 2019 campaign.
Kuala Lumpur: Vietnam’s Hanoi FC and 4.25 SC of DPR Korea will square off in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday with both sides aiming to advance to the showpiece event for the first time.
In what will be the first-ever meeting between the pair, there is set to be plenty of attacking talent on display and the-AFC.com has selected four players who could inspire their team to the final.
Kuala Lumpur: Since its introduction in 2017, the AFC Cup has seen some classic Inter-Zone Final encounters and on Wednesday another exciting chapter is set to be added when Vietnam's Hanoi FC host DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the first leg at Hang Day Stadium.
After seven months of action, the 2019 AFC Cup has come down to the penultimate hurdle for the teams from the Central, South, ASEAN and East Asia regions: the Inter-Zone Final.
Hanoi FC, the ASEAN Zonal champions, will face off against East Zonal winners 4.25 SC to decide who will go on to face the West Zonal winners at the 2019 AFC Cup Final on November 2.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final is rapidly approaching as Vietnam’s Hanoi FC and 4.25 SC or DPR Korea aim to book their ticket to the Continental showpiece on November 2.
The two-legged match-up will be the third Inter-Zone Final since the competition changed to its regional format at the beginning of 2017, with the Central Asian champions coming out on top in each of the last two years.
As the champions of the East Asia and ASEAN Zones get set to face off for a place in the final, the-AFC.com looks back at the past two editions, where hard-fought contests have seen plenty of drama.
ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Hanoi crowned champions, Buriram United move top
Kuala Lumpur: AFC Cup Inter-Zone finalists Hanoi FC were crowned Vietnam's league champions, while Buriram United moved to the top of Thai League 1 in the latest round of action in the ASEAN region.
Elsewhere, the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals got underway while the title races in Indonesia and Philippines continued to heat up. For that, and much more, here’s the-AFC.com’s round-up of the latest rounds of fixtures in Southeast Asia.
Ho Chi Minh City: Hanoi FC claimed the 2019 V.League 1 title on Thursday to hand themselves a major psychological boost ahead of next week’s AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final meeting with DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC.
With two games still to play, Vietnamese heavyweights Hanoi secured an unassailable lead at the top of the standings thanks to Nguyen Than Chung’s goal in a narrow 1-0 victory away at Song Lam Nghe An.