Quang Ninh Coal draw on AFC Cup debut hinh anh 1Yadanarbon’s Yan Paing (right) runs a ball away from Geoffrey Kizito of Quang Ninh Coal during their AFC Cup match on March 8 in Hanoi (Photo: the-afc.com)

Hanoi (VNA) - Quang Ninh Coal wasted many chances and finished their first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match in Group H against Myanmar’s Yadanarbon with a 1-1 draw on March 8.

The Vietnamese side was not allowed to play on their home turf of Cam Pha Stadium which, it was reported, did not meet AFC’s requirements.

They had to hire My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi but were still welcomed by nearly 2,000 loyal supporters who came from Quang Ninh province and local fans who attended the game.

The first 20 minutes went in favour of the host side who opened consecutive attacks on the Myanmar champions whose young players take the AFC Cup as part of their training for important competitions in the future.

However, the opening goal went to the visitors.

After withstanding the early pressure at My Dinh Stadium, Yadanarbon opened the scoring after 22 minutes through Yan Paing when he finished from close in following some deft work by Thein Than Win down the left flank.

Quang Ninh Coal who was pushed up in their line up with striker Geoffrey Kizito and captain Vu Minh Tuan had their opportunities but failed to score.

The score was levelled just one minute before the interval.

The hosts were awarded a penalty shortly before the interval after William Nyakwe brought down Congolese international Patiyo Tambwe and national team member Tuan coolly slotted home from the spot.

Tambwe then twice hit the top of the crossbar in a one-sided second half, but Quang Ninh Coal were unable to find the winning goal as Yadanarbon held out to stay on top of the three-team group having picked up four points from two games.

Nghiem Xuan Tu and Hai Huy were also given their chances but on a bad day they could not grab a goal.

Quang Ninh Coal with one point from that match are second and Singapore’s Home United are at the bottom without a single point.

The Vietnamese team will travel to be the guest of Home United in the next round on March 14.

The match will be at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.-VNA