Philippine football clubs United City FC and Kaya FC absorbed heavy losses in the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage on Tuesday, June 29.
South Korea’s Daegu FC handed reigning Philippines Football League (PFL) champion United City its first loss, 7-0, at the Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Philippines’ top football club is at third place with 1 point behind Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale at second place and Daegu leading Group I.
Brazilian striker Cesar Fernando Silva Dos Santos (Cesinha) opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, followed by Edgar Bruno de Silva’s goal that doubled the lead in the 42nd minute.
Daegu exerted a masterclass over the Philippine club right in the first half as Jin Hyuk-Kim scored during added time.
An Yong-Woo then opened the second half with a brace that saw him nail a beautiful free kick that sailed over United City keeper Anthony Pinthus in the 62nd minute.
He then converted on the break in the 72nd minute via tactical team play that got him one-on-one with Pinthus.
United City’s misfortunes did not end there as Park Han-bin managed to slot one in the 90th minute and the game ended with penalty goal from Chi-In Jeong in added time.
United City is set to face Kawasaki on Friday, July 2, 10pm, Philippine time, where the underdogs look to pull off an upset to salvage their maiden AFC Champions League run.
Kaya, on the other hand, was drubbed by Vietnam V. League champion Viettel FC, 5-0, at the Pathum Thani Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
The PFL runner-up, which secured its maiden AFC Champions League berth via the qualification round, dwells at the bottom of Group F with 0 points.
Nguyen Hoang Duc opened the floodgates from the get-go with a strike from the edge of the box in the 2nd minute.
As Kaya attempted to regroup on its defense, Caique Venâncio Lemes quickly doubled the scoreline in the 7th minute after firing on the breakaway.
Though the Philippine club managed to stay within reach in the second half, Viettel returned to the field more threatening as Bui Tien Dung converted off a set-piece in the 49th minute.
Caique completed a brace in the 61st minute, then Vu Minh Tuan stretched the lead four minutes later.
Kaya is set to face South Korea’s Ulsan FC on Friday, July 2, at 6pm , Philippine time. – Rappler.com