Hanoi: Goalkeeper Nguyen Van Cong has admitted that Hanoi FC are now dreaming of winning the 2019 AFC Cup after Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Becamex Binh Duong saw them crowned ASEAN Zonal Champions and book an Inter-Zone semi-final date against Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr.
The capital city side went into the all-Vietnamese clash at Hang Day Stadium with a 1-0 advantage following last week’s first leg and, after a tight first half which Hanoi shaded, the hosts broke the deadlock just after the hour when top scorer Pape Omar Faye notched his eighth goal of the campaign.
With Binh Duong needing to score twice, Hanoi could breath a little easier and they could have added to their tally, with Nguyen Quang Hai, Ngan Van Dai and Pape Kebe all missing chances as the home side comfortably saw out the closing stages.
Hanoi: Vietnam’s Hanoi FC were crowned 2019 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions on Wednesday after a 1-0 home win over domestic rivals Becamex Binh Duong in the second leg of their regional final.
Leading 1-0 from last week’s first leg, Pape Omar Faye’s second-half strike – his eighth goal of the competition – ultimately sealed a 2-0 aggregate success for Hanoi, one which earns them a spot in the Inter-Zone Semi-finals where they will now face Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FC.
Kuala Lumpur: Buriram United returned to the top of the league in Thailand and Hanoi FC did likewise in Vietnam, while the title races remain close-run contests in many other countries across Southeast Asia.
With the latest from all the leagues, here’s the-AFC.com’s weekly review from the most recent round of fixtures in the ASEAN region.
East Asia Leagues Wrap: Late drama in China PR and Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: There was no shortage of drama across East Asia at the weekend and while the league leaders remained the same in China PR, Korea Republic and Japan, there were plenty of talking points.
Beijing FC benefitted from goals in added time but Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors suffered late agony, while FC Tokyo are opening up a lead in Japan. Elsewhere, the top of the table remains tight in both Chinese Taipei and Mongolia, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed after an eventful weekend.
Thu Dao Mot: Twelve teams will chase regional glory in the 2019 AFF U-18 Championship hosted by Vietnam.
The two-week tournament kicks off on Tuesday with the ASEAN teams using it as preparation ahead of the AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers in November.
Divided into two groups of six teams, the group winners and runners-up will advance to the semi-finals.
Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Philippines and Brunei Darussalam are in Group A, and they will play in the capital city of Binh Duong province, while Group B’s Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Australia will battle it out in Ho Chi Minh city.