Ha Noi FC and Becamex Binh Duong desperately need points in the final group games of the AFC Cup to progress through to the next round.
|Ha Noi FC will host Tampires Rovers in the last Group F round match today at the Hang Day Stadium. The V.League 1 winner need one point to qualify for next stage. — Photo kenh14.vn|
Ha Noi need a point to finish second Group F when they host leaders Tampines Rovers of Singapore. A win would see them qualify in top spot.
Becamex face a tougher task. They must beat Group G leaders Ceres Negros by at least two goals in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Speaking with reporters yesterday in Hanoi coach Chu Dinh Nghiem said his team would go all out for a win.
“We have worked carefully for the match which is really important one that affects our chances,” said Nghiem.
“We want a win so that we could advance as the group leaders.”
The match is a good opportunity for Nghiem’s squad to bounce back after their humiliating 1-4 defeat to Thanh Hoa in the V.League 1 on Sunday. It was the Ha Noi’s first loss of the season to a team who have not won in their last eight games.
“I told players that there are wins and losses in football,” Nghiem added.
“We could not avoid defeat. We must stand up and look forward to the future. Let’s forget about that match and play to win at the AFC Cup.”
Hanoi will be without key defender Do Duy Manh who suffered a knee injury on Sunday.
Other players such as captain Nguyen Van Quyet and striker Ngan Van Dai will also not feature as they have not recovered from their injuries.
Visiting coach Kadir Yahaya said his team will not be playing for a point and will go all out for victory.
Meanwhile captain Madhu Mohana believed that Hanoi FC were a good team who were in good shape.
“They created many difficulties for us in the first match,” Mohana said.
“Their midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai is a player with good skills. He could make the difference during the match.”
In their first meeting Ha Noi tied 1-1 in Singapore in March.
In other match of the group, Yangon United will host Cambodia’s Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium. Neither team can qualify for the groupo stages.
In Group G, Binh Duong sit in second place and must beat group leaders Ceres Negros to go through.
“We are ready for the match,” said coach Nguyen Thanh Son.
“Players are full of energy are ready to play their best.”
In the first match the three-time V.League winners Binh Duong lost 1-3 at home on a bad night for goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong who made a terrible mistake.
In other game, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia will entertain Shan United from Myanmar at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, in Jakarta.
The last group round will see for the first time in history of Asian football the all-female referee crew taking charge of a match.
Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and her assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi are aasigned to officiate the match between Yangon United FC and Naga World.
Female assistant referees Kim Kyoung-min and Lee Seul-gi will also work in the match between Ceres Negros and Binh Duong alongside male referee Kim Dae-yong.