Taiwan lost the second game of their AFC Challenge Cup Group B campaign on Wednesday evening, with Turkmenistan seizing a 2-0 victory in the second half in Kuala Lumpur.
Both sides played aggressively in the first 20 minutes, with both having opportunities to score. A penalty kick was given to Turkmenistan in the sixth minute when Taiwan’s Chang Yung-hsien received a yellow card for a foul in the penalty box, but Taiwan goalkeeper Lin Po-cheng saved Shamuradov Berdy’s penalty kick to the right bottom corner.
In the 22nd minute, Taiwan’s Chen Po-liang had a chance to organize a counterattack, but he was fouled by Turkmenistan’s Hangeldiyev Guvanch, who was given a yellow card.
Turkmenistan’s Boliyan Aleksandr was given a yellow card for kicking the ball away after play was stopped for an offside, while his teammate Annageldiyev Begli was also booked in the 44th minute.
After the halftime break, -Taiwan -substitute Han Chang joined the game, replacing Chen in the 51st minute, and another Turkmenistan player saw yellow for unfair play.
Between the 56th and 60th minutes, Turkmenistan threatened Taiwan’s goal several times, but to no avail.
In the 72nd minute the deadlock was broken when Turkmenistan broke on the counterattack and when the ball was played forward, Lin came out to try to get it.
He failed and committed a foul that resulted in a second penalty for Turkmenistan and although Lin saved the first shot, Berdy buried the follow-up to give Turkmenistan the lead.
Just four minutes later, Turkmenistan made sure of the points when midfielder Hangeldiyev Guvanch shot from outside the box and earned Turkmenistan a 2-0 lead.
Taiwan face Pakistan today to determine third place in the group. Turkmenistan’s victory means they join India in next year’s AFC Challenge Cup competition.
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