Indera exit AFC Cup in playoff stage after Yangon loss

Fadhil Yunus

Indera SC were knocked out of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup after a 3-1 defeat in the second leg of the playoff round and 9-2 in aggregate against Yangon United at the Thuwunna Stadium in Myanmar yesterday.

The Myanmar giants were undoubtedly overwhelming favourites to reach the next stage after a masterminding a 6-1 mauling in the first leg but Indera appeared to be in the game and were in with a shout to get a result in Myanmar.

Yangon jumped into the lead in the 13th minute through Kaung Htet Soe after the forward pounced home the rebound having seen an initial effort from Ernest Barfo rattle the crossbar.

Indera levelled the tie eight minutes before halftime after Rodrigo Tosi converted from the spot with his team being awarded a penalty following a foul to Marcelo De Souza on the box.

The Brunei-based outfit nearly stole the lead a minute before the break when De Souza came up with a sublime skill but his off-target effort denied what could have been a contender for goal of the season.

The hosts regained the lead after Emmanuel Ikechukwu slid the ball under goalkeeper Mohd Ahsanuddin in the 63rd minute before assembling arguably the move of the match 15 minutes later to seal the tie as Than Paing finished off a devastating attack with a neat effort.

Yangon looked to have taken their aggregate tally to double figures when substitute Zin Min Tun curled one in stoppage time but the goal was ruled out for offside.