Incheon United’s playoff opponent has been decided.
Hai Phong (Vietnam) lost 4 to Hong Kong Rangers (Hong Kong) in the 2023-24 season Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Champions League (ACL) East Asian qualifier held at Mongkok Stadium in Mongkok, Hong Kong at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 15th. won by -1.
The Hong Kong Rangers used a 5-4-1 formation. Chazenovic, Kanda, Ram Kawai, Ram Hinting, Ibrahim, Lee Woo Homing, Lee Ngai Hoi, Park Jong-beom, Ma Sang-hoon, Kim Min-gyu, and Leung Hing Kit scrambled.
Hai Phong put forward a 4-1-4-1 formation. Ma Mute, Nguyen Hai Huy, Trieu Viet Hung, Mpande, Nguyen Descendant, Visinthe, Luong Hoang Nam, Dang Van Thoi, Van Moers, Pham Trung Hue and Nguyen Dinh Trieu competed.
The overall initiative fell to Haiphong. Then, in the 23rd minute of the first half, the chance was destroyed. Mamute stabbed a through pass, and Nguyen Son’s shot after penetrating the penalty box was caught by the goalkeeper.
It went on. In the 27th minute of the first half, Mamute overcame the competition in the midfield and dribble forward. Afterwards, a bold left-footed shot from in front of the penalty box deviated greatly to the side of the far post. Then, in the 30th minute of the first half, Bissant succeeded in blocking the ball in the center circle and gave it to Hai Hui. A kick in front of the outside of the penalty box turned away from the goal.
Haiphong swallowed the regret. In the 35th minute of the first half, Mpande intercepted from the center line and immediately passed a through pass. After Mamute penetrated, he took it with a quick shot, and the ball hit the goalkeeper’s hand and then hit the post.
The opening goal came from Rangers. Receiving Ram Ka Wai’s pass, Kanda hit inside in front of the penalty box and wound it up. The ball was sucked into the far post while drawing a fantastic trajectory. Two minutes of extra time were given in the first half, and it ended with the Rangers leading 1-0.
The same pattern continued in the second half. Haiphong raised the line and saw an opportunity to attack, and Rangers lowered the line to build a counterattack. And in the 16th minute of the second half, Rangers were replaced, Lee Woo-homing went to the left and Roquan went in.
Haiphong missed his chance. In the 18th minute of the second half, the forward pressure succeeded and Triwiett Hung fired a mid-range shot. It wound sharply into the right goal, and the goalkeeper threw himself away. Then he called Mpande and put Nguyen Cong Phuong in.
Rangers also responded. In the 22nd minute of the second half, he took out Li Ngai Hoai and put in Jean-Jacques Kilramar to shoot a long shot. In the 23rd minute of the second half, the ball went to Kanda due to Haiphong’s build-up mistake, and the shot from in front of the penalty box crossed the goal this time.
Haiphong burst into anger. After a left-side free-kick in the 28th minute of the second half, Dang Van Toi fired a second ball from the front of the penalty arc, but it went off the side of the goal. A free kick was given near the penalty box in the 32nd minute of the second half, and Mamut took the lead. A strong attempt was caught in the defensive wall.