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.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Action aplenty as IR Iran, Afghanistan leagues kick off
Bishkek: The wait for top-flight football came to an end as new seasons began in both Islamic Republic of Iran and Afghanistan, while league and cup competitions continued to take shape throughout the region.
Join the-AFC.com as we look at all the key moments of another significant weekend of action in Central Asian football.
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Abahani Limited Dhaka's Sohel Rana is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Dhaka: Head coach Mario Lemos was all praise for Abahani Dhaka Limited after the Bangladesh club secured a 4-3 win over 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final on Wednesday.
It was a match which saw the lead being exchanged before Abahani looked to have secured a comfortable 4-2 win only for 4.25 to pull one back ahead of the return leg in Pyongyang next week
“It was a good match, although, not so good for my heart. It was full of ups and downs.
"When we started the match, our game plan was slightly different. We put more men at the back and put Sunday (Nwadialu) and (Kervens) Belfort upfront for the counter-attack, something that they did well.”