Tampines roar back into AFC Cup contention after stunning Felda on the road

S.League club Tampines Rovers have blown Group G wide open after stunning Felda United 3-1 in the AFC Cup at Tun Razak Stadium on Wednesday night. 

With this result, all four teams in the group still have a chance to reach the next round come the end of the opening stage in a fortnight.

Ceres moved top of the standings after a 6-2 win over Vietnamese side Ha Noi in Philippines. Both teams have eight points but the Filipino club has a better head-to-head record.

Previous Group G strugglers Tampines are third on six points and remarkably could now win the group

Previous group strugglers Tampines, who had suffered three straight defeats following an opening victory over the Fighters back in February, are third on six points and remarkably could now win the group.

Felda are currently bottom on five points but can still sneak through to the knockout stages if they win their final group match against Ha Noi away from home on May 3 and the Stags fail to win their home match against Ceres.

On Wednesday night, Tampines took the lead after Ivan Dzoni applied the finishing touches to a cross by Yasir Hanapi, who capitalised on a mistake by centre-back Mootaz Jounaidi.

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha levelled terms with a near-post strike from an acute angle and the Fighters started to threaten again, going close several times.

But Singaporean international Khairul Amri, coming off the bench in his return from injury, bagged a quick brace in the final third of the match to turn the contest on its head.

Tampines would have been knocked out had they not won the match, but their fate is now in their own hands.

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