MPC go down to Dordoi-Dynamo

Lahore, September 24:

Kyrgyzstan’s Dordoi-Dynamo eased their way into the semi-finals with a clinical 3-0 win over Nepal’s Mahendra Police Club in the third AFC President’s Cup here on Sunday night.

The loss put MPC in danger of elimination. Now they will not only have to beat Khemara in the last match on Tuesday, but also pray for Dordoi-Dynamo’s win over Tatung. Dordoi lead Group ‘B’ with six points, while Khemara — who edged past Tatung 1-0 on Sunday — have three. MPC and Tatung have one point each.

Dordoi-Dynamo is only the second team, along with the other Central Asian outfit Regar-TadAZ, to have made it to the last four stage.

It was a power-packed display by the Kyrgyz club and they overwhelmed Mahendra Police Club in a no-nonsense manner.

In the 23rd minute, Valery Berezovsky took a corner and in a clever ploy instead of kicking the ball into the circle, passed it to Igor Kudrenko hanging back about 30 yards in the middle. And the brute of a kick from Igor was good enough to tear through the Mahendra defence and into the net.

Igor’s header found its way to Andrey Krasnov via skipper Ruslan Sydykov and he made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Krasnov was on the roll again as he gave the ball a run from the midfield and tapped it in to yield Dordoi-Dynamo their third goal in the 59th minute. And though it did not score another, its grip on the match was nonetheless total.

In group A matches, Ratnam Sports Club of Sri Lanka routed Transport United 6-1 eliminating the Bhutanese club, while Regar-TadAZ downed Pakistan Army 2-1. Regar-TadAZ lead with six points, followed by Ratnam Sports with four. Pakistan Army have one point.