Maziya Sports & Recreation beat South China 2-1 in Group G of the AFC Cup on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Male.
The win places Maziya in third spot of Group G with four points. South China are yet to pick up a point after three attempts at doing so and consequently lie rock-bottom.
South China controlled the tempo of the first half and opened the scoring seven minutes before the break through Chan Sui Kwan’s header.
The hosts then leveled matters in the 50th minute when Ahmed Rasheed smashed the ball home from close range after Ahmed Imaaz’s cross deflected kindly off South China captain Bojan Malisic.
Maziya then went ahead in the 68th minute after Imaaz’s delivery proved too high for forward Ahmed Nashid. The attempted clearance was then miscued into his own net by defender Cheung Kin Fung at the back post.
The game finished 2-1 in favour of the home side and they now have a fighting chance of advancing in the tournament at the half-way point of the group stages.
The two sides will play each other again next month in round four of the AFC Cup.