AFC Cup run-down

At the beginning of the month, we took a look at Benfica de Macau impressive start to their AFC Cup campaign. Unfortunately, this came to an abrupt end in North Korea this week when the team from Macau lost 8-0 to the North Korean Champions April 25. 
 
The away side did have a positive start to the game but the team from Macau were behind inside 15 minutes when last year’s AFC Cup Top Scorer Kim started the scoring, Ri Hyong-jin added a second for the hosts’ on 21 minutes. Although this was to be the last of the scoring in the first half. 
 
The Macanese side then, though, having already won 3-2 in the North Korean capital earlier in the month after conceding twice against Hwaepul SC, tried to add to their attack to repeat this trick. They did this when at halftime they substituted defender Rafael Bastardo for the forward Niki Torrao in a brave attacking move.
However, it was the home side who continued to look the more dangerous in attack as the gamble form the away side backfired in dramatic fashion as they conceded six second-half goals to lose the game 8-0.  
 
The game was a forgettable one for Benfica de Macau. With April 25 well on track to top Group I. Next time out for both sides in the AFC Cup is a return game against each other in Macau coincidentally taking place on the 25th April. This game has now turned in to a must-win tie for the Macanese if they are to progress in the competition.
 
The other game in this group also so a North Korean side run riot as Hwaepul SC beat the Taiwanese side Hang Yuen FC 6-1. This was additionally played in Pyongyang although in front of a much smaller crowd of 4,000.
 
The win meant that Hwaepul SC stayed third in the group, with both teams also facing each other again on the 25th April but this time in Taipei. The side from Taiwan remains bottom of the Group as they are yet to earn a point although in stages they have shown positive signs this has been an experience they can learn from and improve on. 

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