Viettel FC exit AFC Champions League after second loss to Thai club

By Quang Dung, Xuan Binh, Tuan Hoang   July 5, 2021 | 03:51 pm PT
Viettel FC exit AFC Champions League after second loss to Thai club
Viettel FC (L) play BG Pathum United at the AFC Champions League on July 5, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Asian Football Confederation.
Despite scoring first, Viettel FC lost 1-3 to BG Pathum United Monday night and waved goodbye to the AFC Champions League (ACL) with two games left.

Both teams had 50 percent of possession and nine shots, but the score said differently. Viettel's Brazillian striker Pedro Paulo opened the scoreboard in the 23rd minute. Another Brazillian player, Caique Lemes assisted the goal beautifully with a back-heel pass. That was also Viettel’s only shot in the first half, while Pathum had five.

Viettel maintained the 1-0 lead until the 56th minute when Chaowat Veerachat found the equalizer for Pathum from a header. Diogo Luis assisted the goal. Six minutes later, the Brazilian striker continued to set up another goal for Venezuelan defender Andres Tunez and helped Pathum take the lead. Luis got a goal for himself two minutes later with an accurate header.

Conceding three goals in just eight minutes, Viettel tried to get back on their feet but couldn’t score more.

Viettel were beaten by Pathum twice in just three days. In the first match last Friday, they suffered a 0-2 defeat. With three losses and only one win so far, Viettel exited the ACL group stage early with two games remaining. They are third with six points, behind Pathum (nine points) and the ACL defending champions, South Korean club Ulsan Hyundai (12 points).

The Hanoi-based club will face Ulsan in the next game on Thursday.

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