DPMM edge Albirex in seven-goal cup thriller

DPMM FC claimed a slim advantage in their Singapore Cup quarter-final clash against Albirex Niigata (S) after recording a 4-3 win in Sunday’s first leg.

It took the Bruneian outfit just five minutes to open the scoring when Roberto Alviz found the back of the net, before Roy O’Donovan made it 2-0 three minutes later.

It then looked as though a rout was on the cards when Rodrigo Tosi added a third for the visitors in the 17th minute, although Albirex did manage to pull one back four minutes after the half-hour mark through a Kazuya Okazaki strike.

The White Swans then further reduced the deficit in the 56th minute when Keisuke Ota struck, before they remarkably pulled level seven minutes later as Kazuki Sakamoto fired home the equaliser.

But just when it looked as though both sides were about to settle for a draw, O’Donovan popped up in injury-time and netted the winner for DPMM to hand them the advantage ahead of next Friday’s second leg.

Albirex Niigata (S): Kenjiro Ogino, Kento Fujihara, Soichiro Tanaka, Norihiro Kawakami, Itsuki Yamada, Koki Akasaka (Shuhei Hotta 84’), Kosuke Matsuda, Keisuke Ota, Kazuya Okazaki, Kento Nagasaki (Kazuya Fukuzaki 88’), Kazuki Sakamoto.

DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Joe Gamble, Abdul Aziz Tamit, Boris Raspudic, Azwan Saleh (Sairol Sahari 80’), Awangku Fakharazzi (Adi Said 67’), Rosmin Kamis (Hendra Azam 67’), Roberto Alviz, Azwan Ali, Roy O’Donovan, Rodrigo Tosi.

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