Singapore: Daniel Bennett was full of praise for Tampines Rovers' second-half display after the Singaporean side overcame first-half difficulties to post a 2-1 victory against Myanmar’s Shan United on Tuesday and move top of the Group H standings.
In testing conditions at Jurong West Stadium, neither side was able to break the deadlock in a goalless first half, before a close-range header from Boris Kiptovic and a Jordan Webb tap-in put Tampines firmly in control after the interval.
Shan netted a consolation in stoppage time but it was too little, too late as the hosts claimed all three points to move two points clear of Indonesia’s PSM Makassar at the Group H summit.
Yangon: Than Piang’s solitary strike nine minutes from time earned Yangon United a 1-0 win over Hougang United at Thuwunna Stadium on Tuesday as the club from Myanmar maintained their unbeaten start to Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup.
Tin Maung Tun’s team dominated throughout the 90 minutes but looked set to be frustrated by Hougang goalkeeper Khariulhin Khalid and their own poor finishing until Than rolled his effort home to secure all three points.
The win moves Yangon onto seven points from their opening three games of the 2020 campaign while Hougang remain on the three points earned in their opening day win over Lao Toyota.
Group F: Ho Chi Minh City FC's Xuan Nam sinks Lao Toyota FC
Vientiane: Substitute Nguyen Xuan Nam scored twice as Ho Chi Minh City FC eventually saw off a stubborn Lao Toyota FC to seal a 2-0 win at the National Stadium in Vientiane in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup on Tuesday.
Xuan Nam netted twice in the final 18 minutes to ensure a frustrating evening for Ho Chi Minh City ended with all three points going back to Vietnam despite a series of missed opportunities for Jeong Hae-seong’s side to wrap up the win much earlier.
Than Quang Ninh's Hai Huy eyes victory in Cambodia
Phnom Penh: Than Quang Ninh’s Nguyen Hai Huy has set his sights on three points as the Vietnamese side prepare to take on Cambodian champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng in Group G of the 2020 AFC Cup on Wednesday.
Midfielder Hai Huy was on the scoresheet as the V.League 1 team claimed an impressive 2-2 away draw against the Philippines’ Ceres Negros two weeks ago to pick up their first point of the campaign.
Svay Rieng, meanwhile, produced arguably the shock of the tournament so far when they beat Indonesian champions Bali United 2-1, and a second successive victory at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium would open up a five-point gap between them and Than Quang Ninh.
Kuala Lumpur: The first round of 2020 AFC Cup fixtures will take place in the Central and South Zones on Wednesday, as six sides get set to begin their Continental campaigns.
Among the teams in action are two-time runners-up FC Istiklol of Tajkistan, compatriots FC Khujand and Maldivian champions Maziya Sports & Recreation, who stunned former runners-up Bengaluru FC of India in the play-offs.
There are plenty of debuts, too, with Indian side Chennai City, Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh and the Maldives' TC Sports Club all set to make their maiden AFC Cup appearances.