Song Ui-young marked his return to the Home United starting XI on Wednesday with a two-goal display to inspire ten-man Home United to a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Lao Toyota in AFC Cup 2019 Group H.
It was Lao Toyota who drew first blood at the New Laos National Stadium after 11 minutes, when Rafael found space inside the area to meet Saison Khounsamnan’s corner with a firm header into the back of the net.
AFC Cup 2019: Lao Toyota FC 1-0 Home United (Rafael de Sa Rodrigues 11′)
However, the visitors took just four minutes to equalise through a set-piece of their own; Izzdin Shafiq floating a lovely freekick onto the head of Song, who made no mistake in guiding the ball past Outthilath Nammakhoth.
AFC Cup 2019: Lao Toyota 1-1 Home United (Song Ui-young 14′)
Song then doubled his tally five minutes before halftime when he drilled home from the penalty spot, after Faritz Hameed had been dragged down inside the area by Bounphithak Chanthalangsy.
AFC Cup 2019: Lao Toyota 1-2 Home United (Song Ui-young – Penalty 40′)
But Home were then dealt a blow in the 68th minute when they were reduced to ten men, after Aqhari Abdullah was issued his marching orders following a second yellow.
The hosts were then awarded a penalty of their own for a foul by Faritz Hameed on Rafael, and Kazuo Homma coolly sent Nazri Sabri the wrong way to level the scores with just 15 minutes remaining.
AFC Cup 2019: Lao Toyota 2-2 Home United (Kazuo Homma – Penalty 75′)
A minute from time, the winner arrived and it was Home who emerged triumphant as Song broke free down the left and played the ball to Hafiz Nor, who spun free on the edge of the box before dispatching a low drive into the corner to seal the victory.
LAO TOYOTA: Outthilath Nammakhoth, Saison Khounsamnan, Victor Amaro, Ketsada Souksavanh, Bounphithak Chanthalangsy, Manolom Phetphakdy, Soma Otani, Phoutdavy Phommasane (Thipphachan Inthavong 72’), Somsavath Sophabmixay, Rafael, Kazuo Homma.
HOME UNITED: Nazri Sabri, Faritz Hameed, Abdil Qaiyyim, Faizal Roslan, Juma’at Jantan, Izzdin Shafiq, Aqhari Abdullah, Hafiz Nor (Arshad Shamim 90+4’), Song Ui-young (Ho Wai Loon 90+2’), Adam Swandi, Amiruldin Asraf (Iqram Rifqi 80’).