Holland: You have to be satisfied

India’s Bengaluru FC qualified for the Last 16 of the AFC Cup on Wednesday after defeating South-East Asian side Lao Toyota 2-1 at Sree Kanteerava stadium and club Head of Youth Development, Matt Holland, was satisfied with their showing.

The home side were two goals up via a Eugeneson Lyngdoh header in the 12th minute and a tap-in by Kim Song-Yong in the 60th minute, Lao did pull a goal back in the 68th minute thanks to a Kazuo Homma header.

The result ensured Bengaluru qualified for the next round by finishing second in the Group H standings on nine points with a game to play. Top of the group is Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim with 15 points. Both Ayeyawady United of Myanmar and Lao sit on three points separated by goal difference.

In an interview after the match, Holland said they had to be satisfied with qualifying for the next stage of the competition.

“I think you have to be satisfied. You’re in the AFC Cup and it was a game that you wanted to win and we needed to win to progress and to get a few more points on the board,” said Holland.

“There were some really good performances. It was a great goal from Eugeneson Lyngdoh, a great cross from Michael Collins and obviously Sunil Chhetri stepping up and providing the ball for Kim, which is also good for a centre forward to get goals.”

Lao coach Valakone Phomphakdy said afterwards that he accepted the defeat even though they had chances to score but acknowledged the opposition did play well.

“I think we can accept the defeat although we had chances to score. But Bengaluru played well today,” said Phomphakdy.

“Bengaluru played at home and they had good support from the fans. They fought well and created many chances. They have a lot of different kinds of attack – sometimes fast, sometimes slow – and they can also score.”

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