Persipura Jayapura booked their place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup on Tuesday after claiming a crushing 9-2 win over Yangon United at the Mandala Stadium.
It had taken the Indonesian outfit just two minutes to edge ahead when Boakay Eddie Foday beat the offside trap and slotted past Pyae Phyo Oo, before Tinus Pae made it 2-0 with an emphatic finish eight minutes later.
But Yangon hit back in the 16th minute when Cesar struck with a header, and the scores were level five minutes after courtesy of Kyaw Ko Ko’s long-range strike.
However, that would be the last time the Myanmar side really troubled the hosts as Persipura reclaimed the lead in the 23rd minute after Foday grabbed his second, before Ian Kabes made it 4-2 from the penalty spot after Aung Thike had handled a goal-bound shot and was shown a second yellow for his indiscretion.
Still, the star of the evening was turning out to be Foday as he completed his hat-trick in the 41st minute, and the Liberian went on to grab his fourth – and his side’s sixth goal – two minutes before halftime.
From then on, there was only ever going to be one winner and to their credit the Black Pearls did not take their foot off the pedal in the second half; Kabes curling home his second in the 53rd minute before he was joined on the scoresheet by Titus Bonai with a stunning effort four minutes later.
And four minutes from time, it was Foday who had the final say as he notched his fifth goal of the evening to cap off a terrific display from Persipura.
Over at the Ninh Binh Stadium, Vietnamese side XM The Vissai Ninh Binh came from behind to beat India’s Churchill Brothers 4-2 and advance into the last eight.
Although it was the visitors who broke the deadlock thanks to Balwant Singh’s 21st-minute opener, Ninh Binh responded just two minutes later when Le Van Thang fired past Lalit Thapa from the edge of the box.
Two minutes before the half-hour mark, Sim Woon-sub netted with a fine individual effort to put the hosts in front, and it was 3-1 in the 67th minute when the South Korean midfielder turned provider for Pham Van Quyen.
Churchill did keep alive their hopes of a comeback nine minutes later when Abdelhamid Shabana made no mistake from 12 yards after they had been awarded a penalty, but veteran striker Van Quyen struck again two minutes from time to make sure of Ninh Binh’s progress.
Tuesday’s AFC Cup Round of 16 Results
Persipura Jayapura 9-2 Yangon United
XM The Vissai Ninh Binh 4-2 Churchill Brothers
Safa 0-1 Al Hidd
Al Qadsia 4-0 That Ras