South China and East Bengal suffer blows
South China's AFC Cup campaign suffered a further setback after they went down 3-0 at Chonburi FC. The Hong Kong side were expected to be among the challengers for the title after the close-season acquisitions of former internationals Nicky Butt and Mateja Kezman.
However, a Therdsak Chaiman inspired performance saw the Thais come out on top in the Group H game at Chonburi PE Stadium. The home side went ahead in the 27th minute when Therdsak initiated an attack that ended with Natthaphong Samana finding the back of the net before the skipper got on the scoresheet himself with a penalty seven minutes from time. He then set-up Arthit Sunthornphit for the third in injury time.
The group's other game saw Persipura Jayapura thrash East Bengal 4-1 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. Following a delay due to heavy rain, goals from Titus Bonai and Boaz Salossa quickly established a two-goal lead for the hosts before Stevie Bonsapia and Lukas Mandowen added further efforts. East Bengal secured a consolation goal through Tolgay Ozbey.
Hanoi T&T got their Group G campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Victory SC at Hang Day Stadium. Vo Duy Nam opened the scoring after six minutes with a low finish and Cao Sy Cuong wrapped up the points in injury time.
Meanwhile, Tampines Rovers and Muang Thong United played out a 1-1 draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Aleksandar Duric latched onto Hassan Sunny's punt upfield to slot home the opener for Tampines, but Phichitphong Choeichiu's 30-yard drive just after the half-hour mark ensured a share of the points for Muang Thong.