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02 October 2009 :: 11:10:56 am 6537

Chonburi Drops Out From Afc Cup

BINH DUONG - Binh Duong stunned Thailand‘s Chonburi as second half goals from foreign imports Philani and Eduardo Gaston Molina send the Vietnamese side into the semi-finals of the AFC Cup after winning Wednesday‘s second leg 2-0 to advance 4-2 on aggregate.
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South African striker Philani broke the deadlock just before the hour mark before Argentine striker Molina sealed the win with four minutes remaining as Binh Duong became the first Vietnamese side to reach the last four of a continental competition.

In heavy rain at Binh Duong Stadium which slowed the pace of the game in the first half, the home side created the first chance after 12 minutes as Molina sent Nguyen Vu Phong free, but he failed to convert from a promising position.

The scoring chances continued to flow for the home side as Philani headed wide from Vu Phong’s inviting cross despite being unmarked six minutes before the break.

Chonburi struggled to deal with the conditions in the opening 45 minutes and despite showing willingness, were unable to create goal scoring threat.

After rain stopped at the start of the second half, the home side finally took the lead against the run of play following an encouraging start from Chonburi.

Nguyen Huu Thang led a swift 57th minute counterattack which led to Molina expertly finding Philani and this time he made no mistake with a calm finish.

Chonburi responded after falling behind and began to threaten but despite the best efforts of captain Pipob On-mo and Thailand’s Arthit Sunthornpit, the visitors failed to create a clear-cut opportunity.

And with four minutes remaining, Molina blasted home an unstoppable left-footed free-kick to seal the historic win for Binh Duong.

Chonburi coach Kiatisuk Senamuang refused to blame the weather, the pitch or the referee for the surprise defeat, and accepted Binh Duong were simply the better team on the night.

“We started the match full of determination as Chonburi had more disadvantages than Binh Duong. However, Binh Duong played better than in the first leg and provided many problems for us in the midfield,” he said.

“This is what football is when the stronger team wins the match. Chonburi still have the title race in Thai League so to some extent fitness did play a factor.

“I believe my players will not suffer from any mental crisis as losing is normal in football. We still have our domestic championship to think of.”

Reporter : Jack Rames   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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