16:03 | 07/04/2016 Society
Captain Nguyen Anh Duc’s double helped Becamex Binh Duong beat South Korean Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3-2 in the fourth round of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League’s Group E yesterday.
It was the first win for the hosts in the continental tournament but it failed to push Becamex Binh Duong up in the rankings. However, they maintained their record of not losing on home turf.
The hosts, who played without their important players Nguyen Trong Hoang, Le Cong Vinh, and Michal Nguyen because of injuries, surged ahead in the 12th minute.
However, Jeonbuk equalised after 27 minutes as Lee Jong-ho latched onto Kim Shin-wook’s header from a Jang Yun-ho’s left-wing cross to steer the ball past Becamex Binh Duong goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong.
The K-League Classic champions then went in front just a minute later as Han tapped the ball away from goalkeeper Trường who had sprinted a long way out of his penalty area, and slid the ball home.
Coach Choi Kang-hee’s side could not celebrate for too long, however, and with 10 minutes remaining in the first half Truong’s long ball up field was not dealt with by a hesitant Jeonbuk backline, and Amougou took full advantage of that to surge into the penalty area and fire into the net.
The second half lacked fewer clear-cut chances, Jeonbuk were even reduced to 10 men as defender Kim Chang-soo was sent-off for a second yellow card after a challenge on Le Tan Tai.
Both teams pressed forward in an attempt to take all three points, but Amougou and then Dức denied good opportunities by Jeonbuk custodian Kwoun Sun-tae.
However, the Jeonbuk goalkeeper could do nothing about Dức’s second penalty of the game with two minutes remaining after Kim Hyun-gil had been sent-off for hauling down Han Seung-yeop inside the area.
Becamex Binh Duong will next play Jiangsu FC while Jeonbuk meet FC Tokyo on April 20./.