Global dump Tampines out of the ACL

Tampines Rovers suffered an early exit in the AFC Champions League (ACL) after falling to a 2-0 away defeat by Global FC in the preliminary round on Tuesday evening. 

The Stags will now go into the AFC Cup in Group G, along with Vietnam’s Ha Noi T&T, Malaysia’s Felda United and Philippines’ Ceres Negro.

Global on the other hand will make their way to the next round, where they will face Brisbane Roar on January 31.

Playing at Rizal Memorial Stadium was never going to be an easy game for Tampines and so it proved as Global carved out the bulk of the scoring opportunities.

The hosts were threatening from early on and could have opened the scoring in the 16th minute, only for Misagh Bahadoran to hit straight at Izwan Mahbud after Ahamd Azzawi played him in.

The Stags went back home empty-handed, while their counterparts continued on their maiden ACL journey

Another good save by Izwan was needed in the 36th minute as he palmed away Dennis Villanueva’s header to keep the scoreline level.

Just before half-time, the Stags enjoyed a chance of their own as new signings Khairul Amri and Ryutaro Megumi combined well for the latter to break free and he stung Patrick Deyto’s glove from a tight angle.

Global almost took the lead right after the break as Bahadoran rounded Izwan and went for goal but Madhu Mohana raced back in time make a goal-line clearance.

Tampines’ defence was finally breached on the hour mark, as Bahadoran found Azzawi and the forward rifled his shot in to put Global 1-0 up.

Azzawi returned the favour 12 minutes later, finding his captain just outside the box. Bahadoran went for goal and his shot was deflected past Izwan by Daniel Bennett.

Tampines had a chance to reduce the deficit towards the end after Shakir Hamzah was brought down by Dennis Villanueva in the box.

But Deyto did well to parry away Amri’s spot-kick as the Stags went back home empty-handed, while their counterparts continued on their maiden ACL journey.

Photo: Tampines Rovers