Persib off to a bang in AFC Cup; Pahang leave it late

Indonesia Super League champions Persib Bandung opened their 2015 AFC Cup Group H campaign in style after cruising to a 4-1 win over Maldives’ New Radiant on Wednesday evening.

Centre-back Achmad Jufriyanto popped up at the other end to score and hand Persib a 15th-minute lead at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, before Malian attacker Makan Konate doubled their advantage three minutes before the break.

Right on the stroke of halftime, the contest was effectively over when Atep Rizal added a third for the hosts, although New Radiant pulled one back on the hour mark through a strike from captain Ashad Ali.

Nonetheless, Persib always remained in control of proceedings and wrapped things up in the second minute of injury-time when substitute Yandi Munawar found the back of the net to complete the rout.

The other Group H game saw debutants Lao Toyota come from two goals down to hold Myanmar National League outfit Ayeyawady United to a 2-2 draw at the New Laos National Stadium.

Macedonian striker Riste Naumov had fired the visitors ahead after 21 minutes, and it looked like they were cruising to victory when he doubled his tally in the 57th minute.

But in the 63rd minute, Sitthideth Khantavong reduced the deficit before Phattana Syvilay equalised just two minutes later, which ultimately proved enough to hand Lao Toyota a share of the spoils.

Over in Group G, Pahang of Malaysia left it late to see off Myanmar’s Yadanarbon 3-2 at the Mandalarthiri Stadium.

Tok Gajah were initially in a comfortable position when Dickson Nwakaeme broke the deadlock after six minutes, before finding the back of the net once more in the 12th minute.

However, a Damion Stewart own-goal got Yadanarbon back in the game, and they pulled level ten minutes into the second half when Djedje Maximin successfully converted from the penalty spot.

Just when it looked like a draw was on the cards, Malaysia international R. Gopinathan netted a minute from time to win it for the visitors.

Finally, the other game in Group G saw Philippine debutants Global handed a heavy 6-1 thrashing by Hong Kong’s South China at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Daniel McBreen and Mahama Awal both netted braces and Lo Kong Wai and Chan Wai Ho were also on target for the visitors, while Global’s consolation arrived three minutes before fulltime through a Michael Jonsson strike.

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