Team effort took us through, says 4.25's Kim Yu-song
Pyongyang: Two-goal hero Kim Yu-song paid credit to his teammates after 4.25 SC advanced to the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone final on Wednesday.
Kim struck in the 49th and 83rd minutes as the DPR Korea side won the second leg 2-0 at the Kim II Sung Stadium in Pyongyang to see off Bangladesh side Abahani Dhaka 5-4 on aggregate.
Kim had a profound impact on the match, having come on as a substitute for An Il-bom in the 41st minute, as he scored his seventh and eighth goals of this season's AFC Cup to steer 4.25 into their second successive Inter-Zone final.
4.25 SC through to second successive Inter-Zone final
Pyongyang: Kim Yu-song struck twice as 4.25 SC advanced to the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone final with a 2-0 win over Abahani Dhaka Limited in their Inter-Zone Semi-final return leg on Wednesday, with the DPR Korea side winning 5-4 on aggregate.
A tight first half at the Kim II Sung Stadium in Pyongyang saw neither side able to find the back of the net at the end of the first 45 minutes.
That, however, changed four minutes into the second half as substitute Kim found the back of the net, which drew the DPR Korea side level on aggregate and with the away goals advantage.
Oloya: We showed our best football against Altyn Asyr
Ashgabat: Hanoi FC midfielder Moses Oloya is overjoyed at his side’s qualification for the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final, declaring that the Vietnamese champions produced their best football in their successful second leg tie against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr on Tuesday.
With a 3-2 aggregate lead under their belts from the first match of the two-legged tie, Hanoi navigated a first-ever trip to Ashgabat’s Kopetdag Stadium to emerge with a 5-4 aggregate win and set up a meeting with DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC.
A brace from captain Nguyen Van Quyet proved crucial for Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side, who advanced despite two successful penalty kicks from Altyn Asyr skipper Serdar Geldiyev.
Ashgabat: Hanoi FC continued their fine run in the 2019 AFC Cup after a hard-fought 2-2 draw away at Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr on Tuesday secured a 5-4 aggregate win and a place in the Inter-Zone Final.
The Vietnamese team had put in a superb first-leg performance yet Altyn Asyr’s two goals in Hanoi left the Southeast Asian side in a perilous position ahead of their visit to Ashgabat, where the hosts have not lost an AFC Cup game since May 2016.
Ashgabat: Two goals from Nguyen Van Quyet helped Vietnam’s Hanoi FC advance to the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final with a 5-4 aggregate win over Altyn Asyr FC of Turkmenistan, following a 2-2 second-leg draw at Kopetdag Stadium on Tuesday.
Van Quyet extended Hanoi’s aggregate lead with an early poacher’s effort, then restored the two-goal buffer after Altyn Asyr captain Serdar Geldiyev netted the first of his two penalties just before half-time.
Geldiyev’s second successful spot-kick set up a grandstand finish with eight minutes remaining, but Hanoi survived the hosts’ desperate search for an equaliser to set up a meeting with either Abahani Limited Dhaka or 4.25 SC in the Inter-Zone Final.
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.
Kuala Lumpur: As the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-finals draw ever closer, the-AFC.come looks at some of the key stats and facts involving the four teams involved.
The clashes see ASEAN kings Hanoi FC of Vietnam take on Central Zonal champions Altyn Asyr of Turkmenistan and South Zonal champions Abahani Limited Dhaka go up against their East Zone counterparts 4.25 SC of DPR Korea over two legs.
The reward for the winners is a place in the Inter-Zone Final, meaning the stakes are high ahead of the first legs on Tuesday and Wednesday.