AFC Champions League: Binh Duong 2-3 Shandong Luneang
Reigning V-League champions Becamex Binh Duong ended up falling short of a home-turf win despite scoring twice against Chinese FA Cup winners, Shandong Luneang Taishan in Tuesday’s AFC Champions League (ACL) Group E opener.
Binh Duong started off strong with an attacking mindset and formation; however, the visitors maintained their composure and dominated ball possession during the first 45 minutes.
Following a goalless first half, the two sides made adjustments in both tactics and lineups, resulting in an extremely exciting score chase in the next 45 minutes.
Wang Yongpo broke the deadlock for Shandong just one minute after the restart as he netted a goal from close range from substitute Yang Xu’s convenient passing header.
Binh Duong restored the parity one minute later, with Oseni successfully converting Cong Vinh’s delightful pass from the left wing.
The equaliser encouraged the hosts to play more comfortably. Four minutes before the hour mark, Shandong defender Wang Qiang carelessly headed home, handing Binh Duong a second goal.
However, the home side’s hopes for an overall victory were completely extinguished against the brilliant performance by substitute Yang Xu, who scored twice in the 61st and 81st to bring in a 3-2 victory for Shandong.
Despite the loss, Becamex Binh Duong deserves applause for their fighting spirit and confidence. The V-League champions will play guest to Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol on March 3 in their second ACL Group E qualifying game.