Lion Metropolis Sailors’ maiden Asian Soccer Confederation Champions League (ACL) marketing campaign got here to an finish after a 2-1 loss to Daegu FC of their last Group F match on Saturday (April 30).
They wanted a victory towards the South Korean facet, who completed third in Okay League 1 final yr, to face an opportunity of constructing it to the final 16 of the competitors, however have been unable to muster a win at Buriram Stadium.
A victory would have seen the Sailors, champions of the Singapore Premier League, end second in Group F and given them a shot at securing a historic spot within the competitors’s knockout phases.
The group winners and three finest runners-up from the east area’s 5 teams advance to the spherical of 16.
On Saturday, Sailors coach Kim Do-hoon caught primarily with the crew that had shocked Daegu 3-0 beforehand, with the one change being left-back Nur Adam Abdullah, who changed Tajeli Salamat.
However, Daegu head coach Alexandre Da Gama Lima made six adjustments to his facet.
After a comparatively quiet begin, the Sailors took the lead within the twenty sixth minute when Track Ui-young struck a spectacular long-range effort.
Track managed the ball from Daegu defender Kim Jin-hyuk’s clearance on his chest, earlier than unleashing a shot together with his proper foot 25 yards from objective.
However in 54th minute, Daegu drew stage after defender Hong Chul pinged a cross in from the left for Lee Keun-ho to bundle residence from shut vary.
With 14 minutes to go, play was suspended for about an hour on account of inclement climate that left elements of the pitch waterlogged.
Two minutes after play resumed, Daegu was awarded a penalty after Amirul Adli introduced Kim down within the field.
Brazil ahead Zeca positioned the ball into the underside proper nook to place Daegu 2-1 up and seal their place within the subsequent spherical.
With a greater head-to-head, Daegu completed prime of Group F with 13 factors, the identical as Japan’s Urawa Pink Diamonds, who hammered Shandong Taishan 5-0 within the different recreation.
The Sailors’ tally of seven factors is one of the best exhibiting by a Singapore facet on the ACL.
SAFFC claimed one and 4 factors in 2009 and 2010 respectively, whereas Tampines Rovers completed their marketing campaign final yr with six straight defeats.