AFC Cup East Zone Wrap

The 2016 AFC Cup kicked off on Tuesday and we have put together a breakdown of all the results in Groups E and F.

Group E: Ceres (Philippines) 2-2 Selangor (Malaysia)

Ceres and Selangor produced a four-goal thriller during the opening round of fixtures at this year’s AFC Cup, which kicked off at the Panaad Stadium on Tuesday. With just three minutes to play in this fixture, Ceres had their backs against the wall.

However, Adrian Gallardo had other ideas, breaching the opposition defence in the 87th minute and ensuring that his team walked away with an unlikely draw, in dramatic circumstances.

Ceres had actually established the lead through a goal from recent signing Stephan Schrock. However, the visitors hit back with a goal from Argentinean Mauro Olivi just before the half-time intermission.

Mohamad Kamal put the visitors ahead after 60 minutes and for much of the second stanza it looked like the team’s objective would be realised.

Ceres are currently second in Group E, while Selangor are third.

Group E: Tampines Rovers (Singapore) 4-0 Sheikh Jamal (Bangladesh)

Tampines Rovers made an early statement, when they completed a 4-0 demolition job against Sheikh Jamal during their group match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.

The S.League team made light work of the tournament debutants, in what was essentially a baptism of fire on the evening. Striker Billy Mehmet, Hafiz Sujad and Afiq Yunos were the chief destroyers for the home team.

The final nail was hit into the Sheikh Jamal coffin when Topu Barman scored an own goal in the 54th minute, adding insult to injury.

Sheikh Jamal are the only team that failed to score a goal in their group on Tuesday and they have conceded the most goals in the tournament thus far. They currently occupy the bottom position in Group E.

Group F: New Radiant (Maldives) 2-2 Balestier Khalsa (Singapore)

The Rasmee Dhandu Stadium was treated to a thrilling contest when New Radiant and Balestier Khalsa played to a 2-2 in their AFC Cup fixture on Tuesday night. After the first 90 minutes of football, the writing appeared to have been on the wall for New Radiant, who were 2-1 down.

However, substitute Waheed Rilwan was having none of it and breached the opposition defence to secure the equaliser for his team, completing the final act in what was a thrilling tournament opener.

New Radiant finish the first week of the tournament in third position in Group F. Balestier Khalsa slot in at second.

Group F: Kitchee (Hong Kong) 1-0 Kaya (Philippines)

Kitchee raced to the top of the Group F standings when they edged out Kaya 1-0 at the Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday.

The only thing that actually separated Kitchee from Kaya, in what was a tightly contested affair, was a 69th minute penalty, converted by Rufino Segovia.

The Hong Kong outfit is currently at the top of the group and the only team that has recorded a win in Group F. Kaya are the only team to have suffered a defeat in that group thus far. They are also the only team to not have scored a goal.

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