New Radiant crush Persibo in AFC Cup

Maldivian side New Radiant had an afternoon to remember in the AFC Cup on Tuesday as they recorded a crushing 7-0 win at Persibo Bojonegoro in Group F.

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By FOX Sports staff

Heading into the game following last week's impressive 1-0 win over Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei, New Radiant took the lead at the Manahan Stadium after just 11 minutes when Ali Ashfaq broke free down the left and slid the ball across goal for Umair Mohamed to tap home.

Four minutes later, Ashfaq waltzed his way into the box and fired home to give the visitors a two-goal lead at the break, before adding a third six minutes into the second half when charged down the left and drilled a terrific effort into the bottom corner.

Right on the hour mark, the Maldives captain completed a spectacular hat-trick when he fired home a freekick from the edge of the area, and seven minutes later, it was 5-0 as Ali Umar got in on the act with a strike from inside the area.

By now, the Persibo defence was being run completely ragged by Ashfaq and he added a fourth when he toyed with the opponents and sold Happy Kurniawan Dwi Putra a brilliant dummy before smashing the ball into the back of the net, before rounding off the scoring in the 81st minute, by which time the hosts were down to ten men after Edy Gunawan had received his marching orders.

The result was enough to send New Radiant top of their group along with Yangon United, who also have six points after recording a 3-1 away win over Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei of Hong Kong.

The Myanmar outfit took the lead in the second minute through Adama Kone, although parity was restored ten minutes before the half-hour mark when Sun Hei equalised courtesy of a Chi Lun Yeung strike.

Nonetheless, the visitors continued to look the more dangerous of the two sides and reclaimed the lead eight minutes after the break through Cezar Augusto Hermengildo, before Myanmar international Aung Moe netted deep into injury-time to secure the three points.

Hong Kong's other representative Kitchee had better luck as they came from two goals down to beat Warriors FC of Singapore 4-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Group E.

Goals from Tatsuro Inui and Erwan Gunawan had given the hosts a comfortable lead at the break, but a Jordi Tarres brace in a six-minute spell right after halftime had Kitchee level.

The visitors then took the lead in the 62nd minute when Lo Kwan Yee headed home from close range, before substitute Cheng Siu Wai capped off a remarkable comeback 14 minutes from time with a cracking volley that had Warriors goalkeeper Hassan Sunny beaten all ends up.

Kitchee are now top of Group E and two points ahead of second-placed Semen Padang, who played out a 2-2 draw with Indian side Churchill Brothers at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

India star Sunil Chhetri, on loan from Sporting Lisbon, opened the scoring for Churchill in the 26th minute but Padang equalised through Hendra Bayauw ten minutes later, before Muhammad Rizal put them ahead on the stroke of halftime.

But three minutes before the hour mark, 20-year-old midfielder Bikramjit Singh struck to earn a share of the spoils for his side.

Over in Group A, a hat-trick from Ahmad Al Douni handed Regar-TadAZ of Tajikistan a 3-0 win over Bahrain's Al Riffa at the 20 Years of Independence Stadium in Khujand, while Al Kuwait beat Safa 3-1.

In Group B, Oman's Fanja were in dominant form as they recorded a 2-0 triumph at Al Ahli Taizz. Ely Cisse broke the deadlock in the 29th minute when he headed home a right-wing cross from Salah Al Siyabi, before turning provider as he laid the ball to Mohamed Al Maashari, who bagged the visitors' second with a clever chip over Omar Abdulaziz.

Finally, goals from Louay Salah and Amjad Radhi handed Arbil a 2-0 victory at Al Ansar.

Tuesday's AFC Cup Results

Group A

Regar-TadAZ 3-0 Al Riffa

Al Kuwait 3-1 Safa

Group B

Al Ahli Taizz 0-2 Fanja

Al Ansar 0-2 Arbil

Group E

Churchill Brothers 2-2 Semen Padang

Warriors FC 2-4 Kitchee

Group F

Persibo Bojonegoro 0-7 New Radiant

Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei 1-3 Yangon United

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