Abus annoyed by late slip up

Heading into the clash Persib knew that their place in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup was securred, but top honours in Group H were still up for grabs, with a win for Ayeyawady enough to see them finish first.

The Indonesian champions took the lead in the contest on the three occasions, but they would surrender it just as many times, with Nay Lin Aung's 92nd-minute equaliser ensuring that the two teams finished all square.

“It's not what we expected as we wanted to win the match, though we had already secured a place in knockout stage,” Abus said after the match.

“Still, I gave high appreciation to my players as they played well and showed great spirit. But, it turned out that the opponents also wanted to win the match badly.

“I had warned the players to keep their focus throughout the match. Two goals, one late in the first half and one in late in the second half, showed that we lack focus in critical times. We need to fix this for the knockout stage as the matches will be tougher.”

Persib will now face Hong Kong outfit Kitchee in the last 16 of the competition.

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