Becamex Binh Duong beat South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyndai Motors 3-2 in their home leg in the 2016 AFC Champions League Wednesday.
Binh Duong, who did not field top striker Cong Vinh, took the lead in the 11th minute with a penalty by striker Anh Duc following a foul by Kim Hyung-il against Binh Duong’s own South Korean, Han Seung Yeop.
Joenbuk leveled the scores in the 27th minute through Lee Jongho and went ahead two minutes later with a goal by Han Kyo-won.
In the 35th minute, Binh Duong’s Cameroonian striker Nsi Amougou scored off a long pass from goalkeeper Tan Truong.
In the 78th minute Kim Changsoo was sent off with a second yellow card for a foul against Tan Tai.
Four minutes before the end, Jeonbuk defender Kim Hyung-il fouled Han in the box and got a red card. Anh Duc scored his second from the resultant penalty.
Coach Nguyen Thanh Son said the team had a “more than excellent” match at the Go Dau Stadium to beat a stronger South Korean team, the K League Classic champions.
“Honestly, none of us expected this result. We only hoped for a draw against a strong team like Jeonbuk. Generally, my players had an excellent match.”
But he admitted Jeonbuk had not fielded their best players.
“Maybe they were also affected by the hot weather in Binh Duong. Their strategy also changed from the 1st leg in which they had played long passes.”
For their win the team got bonuses of VND1.4 billion (US$62,800) from the club, the Vietnam Football Federation and Vietnam Professional Football.
Joenbuk coach Choi Kang-hee, who refused an AFC interview on the field, said: “Jeonbuk did not win today and I am responsible for it.
“After playing Binh Duong in the AFC Champions League four times, I think they have clearly improved.”
He promised his team would fight hard in the next two matches to secure passage to the knock-out stage.
Becamex Binh Duong are fourth in Group E with four points, and remain hopeful of getting through to the next round.
They next play Jiangsu Sunning on April 20 and Tokyo FC on May 4.
Son said there was no specific target for his team at the league.
“Instead, we are trying our best in each match for our fans,” he said.