Play-off - 2nd Leg: JSW Bengaluru FC 3-2 Maziya S&R (Agg 4-4, Maziya win 4-3 on penalties)
Bangalore: Maziya S&R of the Maldives advanced to the 2020 AFC Cup group stage after defeating India's JSW Bengaluru FC, winning the Play-off 4-3 on penalties after the two-leg tie ended 4-4 on aggregate on Wednesday.
The second leg ended 3-2 in favour of Bengaluru, with extra-time needed after 90 minutes finished 2-1 in favour of the Indian side.
Maziya had also won the first leg 2-1 and were denied an outright win by a brilliant Sunil Chhetri free-kick in the 120th minute on Wednesday, with the Maldives side having taken the lead on aggregate through Cornelius Ezekiel in the 102nd minute. Away goals were not in play in extratime.
Maziya join India’s Chennai City FC, Maldives’ TC Sports Club and Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh in Group E of the 2020 AFC Cup.
Play-off - 1st Leg: Maziya S&R 2-1 JSW Bengaluru FC
Male: Maziya S&R of Maldives boosted their hopes of advancing to the AFC Cup 2020 group stage with 2-1 win over India's JSW Bengaluru FC in the first leg of their Play-off at the Maldives National Football Stadium on Wednesday.
After a goalless first half, Ibrahim Mahudhee gave Maziya the lead only for Bengaluru to reply through Francisco Nili's penalty. Cornelius Ezekiel's late strike, however, gave the Maldives side the first leg advantage.
The sides meet again in the return leg next week with the winners earning a place in Group E alongside India’s Chennai City FC, TC Sports Club of Maldives and Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings
Jalal-Abad: Kyrgyz Republic’s PFC Neftchi made a winning return to continental action, defeating FC Khujand of Tajikistan 1-0 in the first leg of their 2020 AFC Cup Play-off at Kurmanbek Stadium on Wednesday.
A goal from Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Ihnatenko six minutes after half-time proved decisive on the day, putting the Kyrgyzstan Cup winners 90 minutes away from group stage qualification, with the tie to be decided when Khujand host the second leg next week.
The winners of the two-legged tie will join FC Istiklol, FC Dordoi and Altyn Asyr FC in Group D, which begins on March 11.
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.
Analysis: Ho Chi Minh City edge Hougang for maiden victory
Singapore: A dominant hour of play from visitors Ho Chi Minh City FC brought the AFC Cup debutants their first win on the Continent, despite a late scare, against Singapore's Hougang United on Tuesday.
Having shared an action-packed 2-2 draw with Yangon United in their bow on the Asian stage a fortnight ago, there were goals galore again for Ho Chi Minh City although this time they returned home with all three points after an exciting 3-2 win at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Vidakovic: Ceres Negros must improve before next match
Manila: Ceres Negros FC head coach Risto Vidakovic will look to make improvements over the next two weeks after seeing his side held to a 2-2 draw by Vietnam’s Than Quang Ninh at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Group G of the 2020 AFC Cup on Tuesday.
Nguyen Hai Huy’s goal 20 minutes from time earned the visitors a share of the points after OJ Porteria had given Ceres the lead eight minutes earlier in a see-saw game that had seen Jeremie Lynch’s opener for the Vietnamese cancelled out by Bienvenido Maranon’s penalty.