Vietnam's Hanoi FC kicked off their 2019 AFC Cup campaign in spectacular fashion as they routed Cambodian champions Nagaworld FC 10-0 in their Group F opener on Tuesday, posting the biggest win at the tournament in eight years.
The game in Hanoi was highlighted by four goals by Oseni and an own goal by Nagaworld defender Nhim Sovannara.
Van Dai rounded off the scoring with a close-range header to make it 10-0 and complete Nagaworld’s humiliation in the 88th minute.
Shortly after the game, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tweeted in congratulating the Vietnamese club, hailing them for being “off to a dominant start in Group F” and for “posting the biggest win” in the tournament so far.
The AFC Cup is Asia's secondary club football tournament organized by the AFC for domestic clubs from AFC-affiliated countries that fall into the confederation’s 'developing nations' category.
Countries which have better infrastructure and football prowess are entered into the AFC Champions League.
Until yesterday, the biggest win during the course of 15 years since the inaugural AFC Cup in 2004 was when Nasaf Qarshi of Uzbekistan thrashed India’s Dempo SC 9-0 on April 27, 2011.
Vietnam’s Hanoi FC are now the new record holders following Tuesday’s 10-0 victory against Nagaworld.
Hanoi FC are the reigning champions of V-League 1, Vietnam’s top-flight football competition, while Nagaworld FC clinched their third league title of Mefone C-League, the top division of Cambodian football, in September 2018.
Hanoi FC are expected to keep up the momentum when they travel to Singapore to face Tampines Rovers on March 12.
The 2019 AFC Cup is the tournament’s 16th edition, with 36 teams drawn into nine groups of four. In the group stage, each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis.
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya from Iraq are the title holders, having won the previous three editions of the tournament. The Iraqi club play in the AFC Champions League instead of the AFC Cup in the 2019 edition.