Asian Champions League and failing Numbering


This week it was the Asian Champions League second round of qualifying. It included one shock result, a resilient performance from the Hong Kong side and some poor numbering issues. The big teams have not entered yet so this was a time for the small nations sides to see how they can do. The winners from these one-game knockout matches will then get a chance to compete in the playoffs for a place in the group stages. 

As the second round of qualifiers kicked off we got to see Eastern in action of Hong Kong. The side finished second in the league last season and this season have struggled to reach those heights. Having lost 8-1 to Kitchee the previous week, you would also be forgiven for not having much hope in a positive result for them.

However, despite that Eastern put on a very lively performance against Thanh Hóa of Vietnam. They were seen as the underdogs by all so it came us a shock when they took the lead in the 25th minute through Lugo the Brazilian Striker. Unfortunately, they could not keep this going and eventually went down 4-1 although the final goal did not come until the 96th minute. 

The most unusual moment however of the round came in Australia where Brisbane Roar lost 3-2 to Philippino side Ceres FC. This, however, was not the talking point, this was, in fact, came when the Brisbane Roar's players numbers started to peel off their shirt during the game.   

Afterwards, the club came out with a pretty damning statement on the issue saying;

“Brisbane Roar FC is very disappointed to have been knocked out of the AFC Asian Champions League 2018 competition last night,” 

“The club understands the result against Ceres Negros FC was disappointing and the performance was unacceptable.

“We have always worn our orange jersey with pride.

“Last night, our club disappointed many people and embarrassed ourselves with the presentation of numbering on our orange jersey. This was of no fault of BRFC kit manufacturer Umbro and we are unreservedly apologetic.

“BRFC would like to assure its members, supporters, partners and the local football community that we are fully committed to improving both on and off the field.”

It will now be interesting to see the drama that arises in the rest of the competition. We all hope the ups and downs will be on the pitch, however. 

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