The 2019 AFC Cup returned with an enticing tie at hand – the Group H encounter between PSM Makassar and Kaya FC-Iloilo. However, the two sides didn’t provide their fans with much entertainment, playing out a one-one draw. Here are five things that stood out in the match.
#1 Slow start mars promising tie
The AFC Cup fixture between PSM Makassar and Kaya FC-Iloilo was building up to be a promising one. Both the sides had registered a win and a draw in their opening two matches and occupied the top two spots on the table, as a result.
However, the match started extremely slowly, with both sides looking to establish control in the middle of the park. Meanwhile, few clear cut chances were created by either side in the first forty-five minutes and it remained nil-nil.
Home side PSM picked up the pace in the second half and were duly rewarded when they took the lead just before the hour mark.
#2 Osei escapes red
24' – Tempers flare! @KayaFC's Alfred Osei makes a late tackle from behind and then immediately tries to plant an elbow on Zulham Zamrun! Referee takes control of the situation and shows the Kaya man a yellow card! #PSMvKAY #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/V7EYyw2FRP
— FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) April 2, 2019
Not many talking points emerged from an otherwise lifeless first half. The two sides went at each other in the middle of the park, looking to control the game but being unable to do so. There was, however, a big call that the referee had to make; one which could have altered the course of the game.
In the twenty-fourth minute, Kaya FC’s Alfred Osei went up against an opposing player for the ball. However, he made a rash challenge in the process, one which did not escape the eye of the referee. He then got up and landed an elbow right in the face of an onrushing Zulham Zamrun, who immediately went down on the ground writhing in pain.
Nevertheless, the referee deemed the challenge not strong enough for a sending off and let Osei walk with just a yellow card.
#3 PSM take contentious lead
AFC Cup 2019: PSM Makassar 1-0 Kaya FC-Iloilo (Eero Markkanen – 56′)
After a cagey first period, PSM Makassar started growing more and more confident in the second. The Indonesia Liga 1 side first went close through Rizky Pellu, who wasted a one-on-one opportunity against the goalkeeper by shooting into the side netting. Following Rizky’s guilt-edged chance, PSM had a goal disallowed, when defender Aaron Evans scored from an offside position.
Nevertheless, just two minutes later, the home side were given a golden opportunity to take the lead, when the referee awarded them a spot kick. Camelo Tacusalme had fouled Eero Markkanen just outside the box, only to see the ref pointing towards the spot.
Markkanen picked himself up and dispatched the spot-kick to give his side the lead.
#4 Kaya hit back late
AFC Cup 2019: PSM Makassar 1-1 Kaya FC (Marwin Angeles – 90+3′)
Kaya FC didn’t sit back after going behind to PSM Makassar. The Philippines-based side went on the attack immediately and pressed their opposition inside their own half.
However, the Lions were unlucky not to equalize earlier in the second half, after they had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside. Minutes later, they were denied once again, when Bene Wahyudi cleared the ball off the line following a set piece. And there was to be more disappointment for Kaya FC when opposing goalkeeper Rivky Mokodompit pulled off a stunning save to maintain his side’s lead.
Nevertheless, all the pressure finally paid off in the third minute of stoppage time, when Marwin Angeles beat the offside trap to score following a set piece.
#5 No victors in the battle for the top
Kaya FC and PSM Makassar occupied the top two spots in Group H of the AFC Cup, following a win and a draw each. The Philippines side led the table ahead of their Indonesian opponents, courtesy of a better goal difference.
Therefore, the match between the pair was looked at as the one which might push to the fore the clear favourite to win the group. However, it wasn’t to be in the end as the two ended up playing a drab one-one draw.
PSM will now travel to Iloilo City on April 17 to play at the home of Kaya FC.