Plazibat: I believe Hougang can qualify for knockout stage
Yangon: In-form striker Stipe Plazibat is confident that AFC Cup debutants Hougang United can progress to the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals should they take points from Yangon United on Tuesday.
Ahead of the match in Yangon, the-AFC.com spoke exclusively to Hougang's hitman to get his view on the crucial Group F tie, his previous experiences of the AFC Cup with former club Home United, and his friendship with a Bayern Munich star.
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.
Group F - MD2: Hougang United FC 2-3 Ho Chi Minh City FC
Singapore: Ho Chi Minh City FC produced a dominant opening hour, before enduring a nervy finale in their 3-2 win over Singapore’s Hougang United FC in their 2020 AFC Cup Group F tie at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Tuesday.
The Vietnamese side were cruising at 3-0 after an Amido Balde double followed Nguyen Cong Phuong’s opening goal, but a late brace from Hougang’s Stipe Plazibat meant the visitors’ handsome lead nearly evaporated
Eventually secured, Ho Chi Minh City’s three points see them leapfrog their Singaporean opponents into second place in the group, with Hougang dropping down to third.
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.
Bangalore: Maziya S&R head coach Marjan Sekulovski had the highest praise for his players after a superb performance against JSW Bengaluru FC of India saw the Maldives club seal a place in the 2020 AFC Cup Group Stage.
The Malé-based club were pushed to the limit in the play-off second leg tie at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday, needing penalties to beat Bengaluru 4-3 after the match had ended 4-4 on aggregate after extra time.
Sekulovski attributed Maziya's victory to solid preparation, saying the side had been braced for all eventualities, including penalties.