Tainan City lost 3-1 in the winning AFC Cup match

The Tainan City AFC Cup campaign ended Thursday after losing 3-1 to Hong Kong’s Eastern Dragon Lion in a group closing match at Buriram Stadium in Thailand.

The defeat was the second consecutive defeat in Tainan City, which lost 3-1 to the Hong Kong Premier League’s Ribun on Monday, and the Taiwanese side took the final position in Group J of the three teams with zero points.

After defeating Ribun 3-1 last Friday, Eastern won the second straight victory, surpassing the standings and advancing to the inter-zone semi-finals.

Eastern had to draw on Thursday, but in the 17th minute forward Michael responded to an inswing cross from the left side of teammate Fernando and headed down towards the lower right corner of the goal.

In the 5th minute of the second half, Tainan midfielder Sun Ming Him doubled the advantage of Hong Kong before scoring the first goal 9 minutes later and giving hope to the team.

But 13 minutes later, those hopes disappeared when eastern forward Victor Bertomeu attacked from within the penalty area to end Tainan’s comeback dream.

Tainan had to defeat more than three goals in the east to advance to the next round. The team met at last year’s tournament and Eastern won 1-0 in a closer match.

Tainan City coach Kenneth Quoc, who lost 3-1 to Ribun on Monday, remained bright before the latest match.

“We need to win a certain number of goals, but this is not our concern. Winning the game is our priority,” Quoc said.

“We need to maintain our spirit. We trained pretty well for this game, and we want to show everyone the identity of the Tainan City team,” he said.

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