Vietnam’s Hanoi FC came from behind to beat Myanmar’s Yangon United 5-2 on the latter’s home turf in their fourth Group F match at the 2019 AFC Cup, Asia’s secondary club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), on Wednesday afternoon.
Having lost to the Myanmar representatives in their previous Group F encounter in Hanoi two weeks ago, the Vietnamese side needed a win to keep their hope of progressing past the group stage alive, a feat they have not achieved since 2014.
With that in mind, the visitors took the lead just three minutes after kick-off when star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai assisted Pape Omar Faye to a simple tap at the back post.
The home side responded ten minutes later when Sekou Sylla buried the ball in the bottom corner in the 13th minute before Vinicius Miller scored a second to give Yangon United a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute.
But Hanoi FC proved that they were not easy rivals when Ganiyu Oseni netted goals in the 33rd and the third added minute of the first half, giving Hanoi a 3-2 lead at half time.
The Vietnamese side carried that momentum into the second half and bombarded the hosts with two more goals in the 81st and 83rd minutes to seal a valuable three points.
Wednesday’s victory temporarily put Hanoi FC on the top of Group F, which was then reclaimed by Singapore’s Tampines Rovers with a 4-2 win over Cambodian side Nagaworld FC later the same day.
Hanoi FC will face Nagaworld FC next, while Yangon United will travel to Singapore to clash with the Tampines Rovers.