|Solo run: Le Cong Vinh scored the only goal in Becamex Binh Duong's 1-0 win over Japanese Kashiwa Reysol in the AFC Champions League. — Photo news.zing.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Le Cong Vinh scored the single goal of the last round match of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League in Binh Duong Province yesterday for Becamex Binh Duong.
Binh Duong won 1-0 against Kashiwa Reysol in the Group E match.
It was the hosts' only win at the tournament, which saw Binh Duong at the bottom of the League's ranking, with four points from six matches.
Japanese Kashiwa Reysol have already qualified for the knockout round and are on top of the ranking with 11 points. The team that won 5-1 in the first leg match on March 3were so confident about another win that they left all of their foreign players at home. It turned out to be one of their disadvantages.
Binh Duong's hot weather too was totally differentfrom what the J-League 1 side were familiar with in their home of Chiba Prefecture.
Binh Duong started with their best to ensure a decent goodbye match and result.
Kashiwa Reysol failed to bring into play their strong points, with all of their attacks blocked.
Kashiwa Reysol had only one chance, at the 32nd minute, but Yuki Ostu's kick went wide.
Binh Duong were not better in the first half, with none of their players even creating any
opportunity to challenge goalkeeper Koji Inada.
However, thing changed in a moment in the second half, when the hosts upped the pace of the game.
Captain Nguyen Anh Duc brought a perfect pass to national team striker Vinh whose tap-in found the net at the 55th.
The goal woke up the visitors who almost had an answer 10 minutes later, but Ostu's
straight shoot hit the bar.
It was nearly 2-0 for the hosts when Ganiyu Oseni faced Inada in a one-one situation, but the Nigerian striker kicked it out.
In another game of the group, former winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors sealed their place in the next round, after defeating Chinese representative Shandong Luneng 4-1.
Short of just a point to be sure of progress, Lee Jae-sung put the Korean side ahead in the first half before Wang Tong equalised on the stroke of half-time for the visitors who had to win at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
But, the home team were dominant in the second half and never looked back after Kim Hyung-il restored the lead before Eninho and Edu confirmed Jeonbuk's passage behind Group E winners Kashiwa Reysol.
The next round will be onMay 19when Kashiwa Reysol face Group G's runners-up Suwon Samsung FC of South Korea and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors play Beijing Guoan of China who topped the Group G. — VNS