Preview - Inter-Zone Final 2nd Leg: 4.25 SC (2) v (2) Hanoi FC
Pyongyang: DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC and Hanoi FC of Vietnam will face off in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final at Kim Il-sung Stadium on Wednesday with a place in November’s final up for grabs.
An entertaining first leg in Hanoi ended 2-2 to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the return meeting in Pyongyang, but with two away goals the hosts will begin the match with a slight advantage.
Goalkeeper change gave me confidence to shoot, admits Kim
Pyongyang: 4.25 SC’s Kim Yu-song has revealed that Hanoi FC’s forced goalkeeper change in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final was what gave the striker the confidence to shoot from distance and secure a late 2-2 draw.
With the DPR Korea side 2-1 down at Hang Day Stadium, Hanoi’s goalkeeper Nguyen Van Cong picked up an injury and was replaced by Bui Tien Dung in the 35th minute.
The hosts went on to dominate large spells of the second half but were unable to make their superiority count and, with three minutes to play, Kim’s sweetly struck effort from 25 yards found its way into the back of the net to secure the draw and a potentially crucial second away goal.
Hanoi: Papa Ibou Kebe has admitted that Hanoi FC were disappointed to only manage a 2-2 draw against DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final at Hang Day Stadium on Wednesday.
After the hosts had fallen behind to Rim Chol-min's close-range finish in the 19th minute, Kebe teed up Hanoi captain Nguyen Van Quyet for his seventh goal of the campaign, before the Frenchman put his side in front shortly before the half hour with his first AFC Cup goal.
But after the Vietnamese side had missed a number of second-half opportunities, they were caught out by a late sucker punch when Kim Yu-song’s strike from distance was too good for substitute goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung as the visitors secured a 2-2 draw.
Return leg against 4.25 will be tough, says Duy Manh
Hanoi: Do Duy Manh has admitted that Hanoi FC will have to overcome a number of obstacles if they are to defeat DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC at Kim Il-sung Stadium on Wednesday and advance to the 2019 AFC Cup Final.
The sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Inter-Zone Final in Hanoi last week but 4.25’s pair of away goals in Vietnam ensures they will begin the return meeting with an advantage.
Recently crowned Vietnamese champions Hanoi will now need to do what no other side has managed in the AFC Cup: win in Pyongyang – or secure a high-scoring draw – if they are to progress to a first Continental final.
Hanoi: Hanoi FC dominated large spells of their 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final first leg against DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC, but conceded twice for the second successive home game as the 2-2 draw at Hang Day Stadium gives them an uphill task in Pyongyang.
The visitors, meanwhile, would have been satisfied to leave the Vietnamese capital without suffering defeat and can look ahead to the return meeting on home soil, where they have never been beaten in the AFC Cup.
First leg is already behind us, insists 4.25 SC skipper Rim
Hanoi: After 4.25 SC scored a late equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against Hanoi FC in the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final first leg on Wednesday, captain Rim Chol-min has said the DPR Korea side are now firmly focused on the return meeting in Pyongyang.
Rim put the visitors in front in the 19th minute when he finished from just a few yards out, but 4.25 found themselves 2-1 down by the half hour as Nguyen Van Quyet and Papa Ibou Kebe netted to raise the volume inside Hang Day Stadium.
Hanoi then had a number of golden chances to increase their lead but, after failing to make their dominance count, striker Kim Yu-song stunned the home support with just three minutes remaining when his left-foot strike from 25 yards flew into the back of the net to seal the draw.
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Kuala Lumpur: Lalenok have capped a memorable first season in Timor-Leste’s top tier by being crowned Liga Futebol Amadora champions after securing the win they needed to wrap up the title.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, there was league cup drama in Thailand and Myanmar, Bali United extended their lead in Indonesia and the four semi-finalists in the Malaysia Cup have been confirmed. Read on for the-AFC.com’s review of all of the action across Southeast Asia.