Bali United Cruise Past Tampines Rovers in ACL Qualifiers
Bali United progressed from the first preliminary round of AFC Champions League qualification after a 3-1 win over Tampines Rovers on Tuesday evening.
Fadil Sausu handed the Indonesian outfit a 17th-minute at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, when he latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box and proceeded to unleash a stunning left-footed strike into the back of the net.
However, Tampines equalised three minutes before halftime when Shannon Stephen did well to leap above opposition keeper Wawan Hendrawan to head home a left-wing delivery.
But, a minute after the hour mark, Ilija Spasojevic restored Bali’s lead as he turned his man and somehow lifted his shot over Syazwan Buhari and into goal from a near-impossible angle.
And, a minute into injury-time, the hosts went on to seal the victory courtesy of a strike from substitute Hanis Saghara Putra, who found space on the edge of the area and calmly stroked his shot beyond Syazwan’s despairing dive.
The result sets Bali up for a meeting with Thailand’s Chiangrai United in the second preliminary round, while Tampines head straight to the AFC Cup – where they have been already been drawn to face Persija Jakarta, Song Lam Nghe An and Johor Darul Ta’zim in Group H.
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