[Asian Association Cup]One step away in the historic finals, Liwen lost only to Nassaf in overtime

[Sports News]Hong Kong Super League Football Association Liwen played in the AFC Cup Regional Finals in Karshi, Uzbekistan on Wednesday (20th), against Nassaf at home. Although it was two goals behind in less than half an hour in the first half, Kiva Niton and Jose Xianzu scored the goal after the soldiers changed sides, and the legal time was 2:2. However, the home team shot into the world wave by Andrija Kaludjerovic before the end of the first half of overtime. In the end, Lee Man only lost 2:3, failing to create the history of the Hong Kong Club.

(AFC picture)

(AFC picture)

In the past, three Hong Kong representatives have reached the semi-finals of the Asian Association Cup (that is, the regional finals under the new system). They were Chenxi in 2005, Nanhua in 2009 and Jiezhi seven years ago, but they all failed to advance to the first level. After defeating the Oriental Dragons and Lions, 220 Sports Club and Tainan FC in this group stage, Lee & Man was drawn bye to enter the regional finals, striving to become the first Hong Kong team to enter the Asian Association Cup Finals. Lee & Man’s opponent Nassaf played in the AFC Champions League. This time, he won 5 games and scored 18 goals in the AFC Cup. Forward Khusain Norchaev temporarily ranked first in the top scorer with 6 goals.

Image courtesy of Lee & Man

Image courtesy of Lee & Man

Lee & Man was canceled for two consecutive games due to typhoons in the past week and left for the local area last Thursday. Head coach Chen Xiaoming revealed that only Li Kanglian had minor injuries in the formation, and Zhang Xuting was absent from the U23 Asian Cup with the U23 Hong Kong football team. Lee & Man sent 4 foreign aids to the main election for this battle, Yuan Haojun guarded the last hurdle; Captain Leso, He Xianzu, and Yu Weilian served as the 3 backbones; Xu Hongjie and Huang Junhao served as left and right wing guards, supplemented by Di Gao and Yan Lefeng in the midfield. ; Jin Chenglong, Acosta and Kiwanaton attacked the fortress.

Leso (right) had an own goal in the first half.  (Picture provided by Lee & Man)

Leso (right) had an own goal in the first half. (Picture provided by Lee & Man)

(AFC picture)

(AFC picture)

Only 4 minutes into the game, Nasaf made a right corner kick. Although it was not high enough, it passed in front of the goal. The ball eventually bounced off the center and far post and crashed into the Leewen net. Nasaf continued to control the situation afterwards, even hitting the post in 21 minutes, and Lee Man also seized the opportunity to fight back, but Kehua Niton’s breakthrough failed. Lee Man made another mistake after 5 minutes of defense. The goalkeeper Yuan Haojun failed to receive the pass from the opponent and was stepped on by Nochaf to score 2:0. Nassaf had the advantage throughout the first half, and Lee & Man could almost only get beaten, but this Hong Kong representative met with the light only 1 minute after changing sides. Kehua Niton grasped the opponent’s mistake and scalded to catch up. Keewaniton, who had performed well in the group stage, continued to be the source of Lee & Man’s offensive. He reached the penalty area in 63 minutes to get his opponent to make a mistake.

(AFC picture)

(AFC picture)

(AFC picture)

(AFC picture)

The two armies did not score any more goals in the legal time, and the players’ physical strength decreased significantly during overtime, especially for Lee and Man players. Immediately before the first half of overtime, Nasaf’s offense was fouled by Huang Junhao, but the ball was awarded a favor and the pass was passed by Kanuji Road. He took control of his heart and then volleyed with his left foot to lead the “World Wave” again. . In the last 15 minutes, Lee & Man tried to counterattack, but was unable to return to his soul due to lack of physical strength. In the end, he lost to Nassaf 2:3 and failed to write a new page in the history of the Hong Kong Football Club in the Asian Association Cup.

Kehua Niton handed in one goal and one assist.  (Picture provided by Lee & Man)

Kehua Niton handed in one goal and one assist. (Picture provided by Lee & Man)

Image courtesy of Lee & Man

Image courtesy of Lee & Man

This article was originally published by “Tilu Sportsroad” in “[Asian Association Cup]Historic Finals One Step Away, Liwen Overtime Only Lost to Nassaf”