AFC Cup 2018: Aizawl FC vs Abahani Dhaka, Talking Points
Aizawl FC remain winless in Asia.
In a match between two winless teams, India's Aizawl FC hosted Bangladesh's Abahani Dhaka in an AFC Cup, Group E game at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati. Both teams were desperate for points considering their results in the opening two rounds. It was the team from Bangladesh in the end that got on the board, with a convincing 3-0 victory on the road as Aizawl remain stuck on zero points at the bottom of the group.
Here are the main talking points from the game:
#1 Disastrous start for Aizawl
It seems to be catching on!
Just like in the Manchester City v Liverpool and Roma v Barcelona games last night in the UEFA Champions League, we got another early goal in Aizawl's match today. And by early, we mean really early.
Unfortunately for Aizawl, it was they who conceded the goal. The referee had just blown the whistle for the opening kick-off and in under two minutes, Abahani Dhaka found themselves in front. Rubel Miya put the Bangladeshi side in front after receiving a nice pass from Emeka Onuoha inside the box and chipping over the onrushing Aizawl keeper.
It was the worst possible start Santosh Kashyap and his boys could have asked for in such a crucial game.