Al Ahed defeat April 25 to win the AFC Cup

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The AFC Cup took place on Monday in Kuala Lumpur at the KLFA Stadium in front of a crowd of just 500 after the match was moved from its original destination in North Korea. As for the match itself, it became quite one-sided as Al Ahed of Lebanon overcame the North Koreans April 25. 

An easy win in the end 

The match was won comfortably in Maylsiya by the seven-times champions of Lebanon Al Ahed. It was moved from the North Korean capital the original venue for the match after the Korean derby in which the North decided should be played with a media blackout.

As for the game, it all became a bit onesided as April 25 couldn't muster a shot on target in the 90 minutes. Undoubtedly after an even first quarter of the match, the game did turn however when the North Korean keeper An Tae-Song was shown a straight red card.

Although you can point to this as the turning point in truth the side from Lebanon was stronger all over the park. They came into the match having to come through some tough matches undefeated in their half of the draw.

This was to be a win that afterwards on the AFC Youtube channel Rhysh Roshan Rai and Reem Shahwa explained came after years of hard work for Al Ahed with the end goal being to lift the AFC Cup. 

April 25 unable to pressure their opponents 

To the match itself, the winning goal did not come till the 74th minute when Issah Yakubu scored a headed goal from a Hussein Dakik cross.

It had been a goal that you always felt was on its way as the North Koreans were forced to defend deep as they wished to catch their opponents on the counter-attack.

In the end, it was the right result and the match despite not being a classic showed how far the smaller nations in East Asia are behind sides from the Middle East. Let's hope next seasons final is seen by a lot more than 500 fans and we do not see a repeat of this seasons shambles.


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