AFC Cup wrap – East Asia Zone

FC Tokyo beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 to go top of J League

Group H: Persib Bandung 1-0 Lao Toyota

Hosts Persib Bandung edged their Group H match-up against Lao Toyota at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Indonesia. A 20th minute goal from skipper Atep Ahmad Rizal, his third goal in the side's last three matches, was the difference between the two sides. The hosts did well to defend their lead and choke possession to deny the Lao side a chance at an equaliser. Lao goalkeeper Chanthakhad Sianphongsay made several excellent saves to deny the hosts a bigger victory. He was unlucky to be responsible for the goal, saving a Tantan shot, only to see midfielder Rizal knock in the rebound. Persib had a chance to double their lead in the 77th minute, but Taufiq misfired and his header hit the crossbar. The result leaves Lao scrambling at the bottom of the group.


Group G: Yadanarbon 2-0 Global FC

Two second half goals saw Yadanarbon defeat Philippines side Global FC 2-0 in their Group G match-up at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium, Mandalay. The visitors were aggressive in the first half, but despite their best attempts they could not find the back of the net. Young Ivory Coast midfielder Djedje Djawa opened the scoring for the hosts in the 53rd minute. He got on the end of a cross from the right, and slotted the goal in from distance. In the 90th minute Win Htay Kyaw doubled their lead. Global FC are now bottom of Group G following their second defeat in the competition.


Group H: New Radiant 0-3 Ayeyawady

Ayeyawady defeated New Radiant 0-3 in their AFC Cup match-up at Rasmee Dhandu Stadium. A goal from Colombian striker E Fonseca in the 35th minute was the difference between the two sides for much of the match. The host’s valiant defence crumbled just minutes from the final whistle thanks to a late brace from Riste Naumov.  The Macedonian striker scored Awyeyawady’s second in the 86th minute and followed that up with a second late in injury time to keep his side in contention to finish top of their group.