Friday, April 16, 2010

SAFFC make history in ACL

SAFFC once again make history as they become the first Singapore side to win in the ACL group stage after defeating Henan JianYe 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

They climbed above the Chinese side with that and if SAFFC matches what Henan JianYe get from their last match, the Warriors can finished in third position in the group and that a creditable result considering how ASEAN teams are suffering since the reform of 2004.

Other than that, the Warriors have also become the first side ever to defeat a Chinese counterpart and that not all for a Singapore side is now undefeated against a Chinese side for 3 straight ties.

It is an amazing piece of history and it showed S-league Big 3 can match the middle-tiers (As that what Henan JianYe is) from the Chinese Super League even with their superior spending power.

And, it started when Daniel Bennett scored a scorcher after the Chinese defence failed to head the ball clear and it ran to the defender feet.

The Chinese equalised soon after that but the Warriors will go onto score a second as Erwan Gunawan, who found himself totally unmarked, headed the ball into the net with a corner swing in from the right.

Group G
SAFFC 2-1 Henan Jian Ye

Scorer: Daniel Bennett 65', Erwan Gunawan 77'
14 Shahril Jantan (GK) (C)
3 Razaleigh Khalik
4 Hafiz Osman
5 Niklas Sandberg
6 Ivan Lovric
7 Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin
8 Daniel Bennett
10 John Wilkinson (12 Syaiful Iskandar 79')
11 Rhysh Roshan Rai
17 Indra Sahdan Daud (9 Erwan Gunawan 46')
21 Taisuke Akiyoshi

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