FC Tokyo fight back to beat Binh Duong

FC Tokyo fought back from a goal down to beat Vietnam outfit Binh Duong 3-1 in their Group E clash in the AFC Champions League at Tokyo Stadium on Tuesday.

The result puts FC Tokyo joint top of the group on three points with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea, who are in action later of Tuesday. Binh Duong and China’s Jiangsu FC are both below them on a point each.

The visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute when Anh Duc Nguyen scored, but in the 50th minute, FC Tokyo equalised through Australian forward Nathan Burns. An own-goal from Bui Tan Truong gave the Japanese side the lead before Ryoichi Maeda added another goal in the 84th minute for the three points.

The hosts early first-half pressure was handled well by Binh Duong and in the 23rd minute they took the lead after the ball ping ponged around the box. Han Seung-yeop put Henry Kisekka into space on the edge of the area, and his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Yota Akimoto. Seung-Yeob Han looked to bundle the ball over Akimoto who once again was able to parry the effort, but Anh Duc raced in to header home and put his side ahead.

In the 27th minute, FC Tokyo nearly grabbed an equaliser when Sotan Tanabe’s well-struck shot hit the right post and flew out for a goal kick. Tanabe came close to adding to the scoring not long after when his volley was saved by Tan Truong following a cross by Mizunuma from the left. Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza nearly got an equaliser ten minutes before half-time when his shot was parried by Tan Truong and hit the post. At half-time, Takuma Abe replaced Mizunuma and his influence was immediately felt when after five minutes his cross from the left found Sandaza, who headed the ball down for Burns to turn home.

In the 65th minute, the Japanese side came close again when Abe was fouled in the area by Le Tan Tai, with the referee pointing to the spot. However, Sandaza’s penalty kick was saved by Binh Duong goalkeeper Tan Truong who dived low to his left to keep the score at 1-1.

But FC Tokyo scored two minutes later when Tan Truong diverted Ryoya Ogawa’s corner kick into his own goal with a mistimed punch. The keeper appeared to injure himself in the process and left the field shortly afterwards.

With six minutes remaining, Ogawa was again the provider as he found Maeda at the front post who headed home to hand his side a 3-1 win.