Singapore’s Tampines Rovers have crashed out of the Asian Champions League. The ‘Mighty Stags’ were defeated 3-1 in India by Kolkata (Calcutta) outfit Mohun Bagan.
After spending up big through January, the Singapore club captured former EPL winger Jermaine Pennant and Canadian Jordan Webb. Unfortunately for them Pennant was unavailable for the Asian Champions League qualifier due to AFC squad nomination constraints.
Mohun Bagan got away to a great start with a 5th minute goal to 25 year old forward Jeje Lalpekhlua. Import Cornell Glen of Trinidad & Tobago extended the hosts’ lead in the 41st minute with an assist from Sony Norde. Earlier Glen had been hospitable enough to aim a penalty straight at the visiting Stags goalkeeper. This time he wasn’t so kind.
All hope wasn’t lost for the Singapore club though as they rallied with a late first half goal of their own (Hanapi, 43rd min). They remained in the contest until an 83rd minute goal from Japanese import Katsumi Yusa ensured victory for the Indians.
Mohun Bagan now head to China to face Shandong Luneng on February 2nd. On the same day a number of other Asian Champions League qualifiers take place on the east side of the draw. Thai clubs Chonburi and Muangthong United are in action as well Vietnamese champions Hanoi T&T. The full fixture list can be found below.
Shandong Luneng (CHN) v Mohun Bagan (IND)
Hanoi T&T (VIE) v Kitchee (HK)
Chonburi FC (THA) v Yangon United (MYA)
Muangthong United (THA) v Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)