Home survive Phnom Penh onslaught for slim AFC Cup advantage

Home United scored four precious away goals on Monday evening to secure a 4-3 advantage over Phnom Penh Crown in the first leg of the AFC Cup playoffs. 

Faris Ramli had seemingly set Home on the path to victory after converting a penalty in the 33rd minute before scoring again two minutes later to make it 2-0.

However, the deficit was reduced by Futa Nakamura on the stroke of half-time as he latched onto Shane Booysen’s cross to head home at the near post.

The hosts came out determined to earn an equaliser after the break but Stipe Plazibat restored Home’s two-goal cushion in the 70th minute after his shot was deflected in.

It was not till the 83rd minute that Phnom Penh managed to penetrate Home’s defence once again, with substitute Keo Sokngon smashing in a sublime effort from outside the box to beat Hassan Sunny.

Home managed to reply instantly though, with Izzdin Shafiq capitalising on a defensive error to put away the Protectors’ fourth goal of the night.

The drama did not end there just yet, with Phnom Penh scoring a third goal through Booysen’s free-kick.

Home will host the return leg on February 7 at Jalan Besar Stadium and avoiding defeat will allow them to make a return to the AFC Cup since 2014.

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