DPMM book last-four berth after seeing off Albirex

DPMM FC beat Albirex Niigata (S) 2-1 in the second leg of their Singapore Cup quarter-final tie on Friday to book their place in the last four with a 6-4 aggregate triumph.

Holding a slender lead following a thrilling 4-3 victory in the first leg, DPMM got off to a perfect start in the 17th minue when Rodrigo Tosi put them ahead after heading home an Azwan Ali corner.

Eight minutes later, the contest was effectively ended when Azwan put the Bruneian outfit 2-0 up on the night, latching onto a long ball by Roberto Alviz and lashing a stunning shot past Kenjiro Ogino and in off the post.

Albirex did manage to salvage some pride as they pulled one back five minutes from time as Kento Nagasaki – having seen his initial shot parried by Wardun Yussof – fired the rebound across the face of goal for Norihiro Kawakami to stab home from a yard out.

But it ultimately proved to be a mere consolation as DPMM had done enough by then to secure their place in the semi-finals, where they will meet defending champions Home United.

DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Joe Gamble, Abdul Aziz Tamit, Boris Raspudic, Azwan Saleh, Rosmin Kamis, Awangku Fakharazzi (Hendra Azam 69’), Roberto Alviz (Najib Tarif 84’), Roy O’Donovan, Azwan Ali, Rodrigo Tosi.

Albirex Niigata (S): Kenjiro Ogino, Soichiro Tanaka (Koki Akasaka 46’), Shuhei Hotta, Norihiro Kawakami, Itsuki Yamada, Kosuke Matsuda (Hiroki Morisaki 72’), Kento Fujihara, Keisuke Ota, Kazuya Okazaki (Taiyo Nishida 75’), Kento Nagasaki, Kazuki Sakamoto.

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