"We have to win the next three games to progress and we must hope for that." Selangor were forced to leave injured midfielder Michal Kubala behind though they welcomed back striker Francis Doe, who missed Selangor's 1-1 draw with Felda United last weekend when he arrived late from international duty.
The Liberian scored Selangor's only goal to cancel out Emeka Oguwike's opener but poor defending allowed Oguwike to restore Saigon's lead within a minute of Doe's equaliser when goalkeeper Norazlan Razali clattered into defender Nasriq Baharom. Doe's goal was his third in the AFC Cup and eighth of the season. "Our midfielders are not as good as Saigon's midfielders so we could not control the tempo of the game," said Irfan.
"They played well in the first half and made use of home advantage. They had better possession of the ball and created a lot of chances. Their second goal was also from our defensive mistake." Selangor returned home yesterday and will next head to Johor Baru where they face Darul Takzim in an FA Cup quarter-final first leg at Larkin tomorrow.
*Sumber dari New Straits Time