Global drubs Myanmar club for historic 1st win in AFC Cup

MANILA, Philippines — Global FC avenged its earlier loss to Myanmar’s Yadanarbon in historic night for Philippine football last Wednesday at the Philippine Stadium in Bulacan to grab a share of second spot in the Asian Football Confederation Cup.

Mark Hartmann’s brace powered Global to a 4-1 beating of the visitors, a sweet reversal of their 2-1 loss to the same club last month.

The win became sweeter as it went down in the history books as the country’s first in the tournament featuring Asia’s second-tier clubs and also the first ever football match played at the newly-built, 20-seater football stadium, the biggest in the archipelago.

Misagh Bahadoran and Renato Gonzales, who assisted Hartmann’s second goal, added one apiece for the reigning United Football League champion.

Yan Paing was the lone scorer for the Burmese when he tied the match at 1-all, three minutes after Hartmann opened the scoring with a penalty match at the 16th minute mark.

The win pushed Global’s record to 1-1-2 with four points on the table to tie Malaysia’sPahang FA, which lost to South China, 3-1, in the other Group G match simultaneously played in Hong Kong.Global FC, managed by Azkals and UP Fighting Maroons team manager Dan Palami, will look to break the tie when it playsPahang FA on May 13 with hopes of keeping the momentum of this huge victory to keep them in the hunt for one of the two slots in the next round.

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