Persipura stay top in Group E; Home still winless in AFC Cup

Indonesian outfit Persipura Jayapura remain top of AFC Cup Group E following a convincing 3-0 win over Maldives’ New Radiant at the Mandala Stadium on Tuesday.

The Black Pearls took the lead three minutes before halftime thanks to an Ian Kabes penalty, before Imanuel Wanggai doubled their tally in the 62nd minute.

Five minutes later, Wanggai netted his second of the match to wrap up the three points for Persipura and help maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

The result helped them maintain a one-point lead over India’s Churchill Brothers, who came from behind to beat Home United of Singapore 3-1 at the Fatorda Stadium.

The Protectors had edged ahead after ten minutes after Qiu Li scored with an excellent strike from outside the box, but Anthony Wolfe headed home Saran Singh’s cross at the far post to equalise six minutes later.

Churchill then took the lead when Yumnam Raju cut onto his right foot and netted with a powerful strike, before they wrapped up the three points in injury-time thanks to a fine solo effort from Balwant Singh.

Over in Group G, XM The Vissai Ninh Binh of Vietnam made it three wins from three after defeating nine-man Kelantan 3-2 at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium.

Ninh Binh had taken the lead after 23 minutes thanks to Kavin Bryan’s close-range finish, before they were given a real boost shortly after the half-hour mark when their Malaysian opponents had Ahmad Shakir Ali sent off for retaliation.

However, Kelantan produced a stunning response to going a man down by equalising in the 37th minute when Nazri Ahmad netted with a fine freekick, before Khairul Izuan fired them ahead just before halftime.

But the latter then undid all of Kelantan’s good work when he too was shown a straight red just two minutes after the break, leaving his side having to play almost a whole half with nine men.

And with a significant numerical advantage, the visitors went on to equalise in the 50th minute after Patiyo Tambwe headed home at the far post, before Petrisor Voinea struck the winner two minutes after the hour mark.

In second place behind Ninh Binh are Myanmar’s Yangon United, who recorded a 2-0 win over reigning Hong Kong First Division League champions South China.

The hosts broke the deadlock at the Thuwunna Stadium six minutes after the half-hour mark coutesy of Cesar’s opener, before his fellow Brazilian Emerson Luiz Tito netted 12 minutes from time to wrap up the three points.

Tuesday’s AFC Cup Results

Group A

Ravshan Kulob 2-3 That Ras

Al Suwaiq 0-1 Safa

Group C

Al Hidd 0-0 Al Shorta

Al Wahda 1-3 Al Qadsia

Group E

Persipura Jayapura 3-0 New Radiant

Churchill Brothers 3-1 Home United

Group G

Yangon United 2-0 South China

Kelantan 2-3 XM The Vissai Ninh Binh

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