Suwon Bluewings show FLC Thanh Hoa no mercy

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Suwon Samsung Bluewings booked their place in the AFC Champions League group stage in emphatic fashion on Tuesday after recording a 5-1 win over FLC Thanh Hoa.

The K League 1 giants opened the scoring in the 44th minute when Lim Sang-hyub broke free down the right and dinked a ball over the top to the unmarked Waguininho, who coolly finished past Tran Buu Ngoc.

And moments later, right before halftime, they doubled their lead when Dejan Damjanovic played a one-two with Waguininho and fed the ball out right to Lim for him to squeeze a shot in at the near post.

The contest was then effectively ended four minutes into the second half when Waguininho netted his second of the evening, receiving a pass from Lim and emphatically finishing into the back of the net.

Three minutes before the hour mark, Suwon left-back Lee Ki-je got in on the act as he ventured forward and forced his shot past Buu Ngoc to make it 4-0.

Damjanovic, who was doing an excellent job on debut, then got the goal his performance deserved in the 86th minute; latching onto Waguininho’s cut-back and powering a strike home.

Nonetheless, Thanh Hoa did grab a consolation in the final minute when Suwon failed to clear a cross from the right, paving the way for Pape Omar Faye to pounce on the loose ball and score past Shin Hwa-yong.

SUWON SAMSUNG BLUEWINGS: Shin Hwa-yong, Cristovam, Lee Jong-sung, Jo Sung-jin, Lee Ki-je, Kim Eun-sun, Choi Sung-geun (Yoon Yong-ho 58’), Lim Sang-hyub (Jeon Se-jin 58’), Waguininho, Yeom Ki-hun (Yoo Ju-an 80’), Dejan Damjanovic.

FLC THANH HOA: Tran Buu Ngoc, Tran Dinh Dong, Nguyen Van Bakel, Nguyen Minh Tung, Trinh Dinh Hung, Nguyen The Duong (Hoang Van Binh 55’), Mai Tien Thanh (Nguyen Huu Dung 80’), Le Van Thang, Pape Omar Faye, Vu Minh Tuan, Hoang Dinh Tung (Le Thanh Binh 52’).