Yangon United have headed home to Myanmar at the top of the AFC Cup’s Group F after a 7-1 thumping of Indonesia’s Persibo.
Brazilian midfielder Cezar Augusto scored a hat-trick, while Ivory Coast striker Adama Kone notched two goals as Yangon thrashed Persibo to move above New Radiant of the Maldives into first position in Group F.
Yangon started brilliantly at Persibo’s Stadion Manahan on Wednesday with Augusto slotting the opening goal after just three minutes, while Kone unleashed a blistering strike in the 28th minute to double the visitors’ lead.
Yan Aung Kyaw made it 3-0 just before half-time with a cracking shot into the top corner and just after the break, Augusto was left all alone by Persibo’s defence to score Yangon’s fourth goal.
Augusto wrapped up his hat-trick with a goal on the break before Ji-Ho Han pulled one back for Persibo in the 75th minute.
In the final 10 minutes, Aung Moe and Kone completed Yangon’s huge victory to move them to 12 points in Group F, ahead of New Radiant on goals scored after the Maldivian side defeated Sun Hei of Hong Kong 3-0.
In Group B, Iraq’s Erbil maintained their 100 percent record with a 4-0 thrashing of Al Ahli Ta’izz, while Fanja held Al Ansar to a 0-0 draw.
Erbil have won all five group-stage matches to lead Group B on 15 points, eight clear of Fanja, who are ahead of Al Ansar on goal difference.
Lebanon’s Safa left it late to claim a 3-2 win away to Regar-Tadaz of Tajikistan with Mohamad Haidar scoring the winning goal in the 92nd minute.
Safa took a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute through Ahmad Al Omaier but the hosts equalised with eight minutes remaining with a penalty from Akhtam Khamrakulov.
But despite losing goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil for conceding the penalty, Safa stole victory in stoppage time thanks to Haidar’s goal.
The win keeps Safa in the hunt for a spot in the knockout stages, third in Group A but only two points behind Al Riffa, who defeated leaders Al Kuwait 3-2, while Regar-Tadaz are bottom with one point.
In other AFC Cup results, Kitchee won 4-0 away to Churchill Brothers and Semen claimed a 2-0 victory over Warriors.