GLOBAL FC pumped life into its fading Asian Football Confederation Cup campaign as it overwhelmed Yadanarbon, 4-1, on Wednesday night at the Philippine Stadium in Bulacan.
Mark Hartmann set the tone for the blowout with a brace in the first half, while Misagh Bahadoran and Renato Gonzalez chipped in a goal apiece for the defending United Football League champions, who finally barged into the win column after four outings.
It was a historic win in more ways than one for Global, which registered its first victory in the second-tier club tournament in the continent, while doing it in the first-ever match at the state-of-the-art 25,000-seat facility in Bocaue.
“It’s overwhelming,” Global coach Leigh Manson said. “There were so many chances to make history for Philippine club football.”
“We showed everyone that Global is capable of winning international games,” Bahadoran said.
Global leapfrogged over the visiting side from Myanmar in third spot in the four-team standings as it hiked its point total to four, suddenly just behind second-running Pahang on goal difference.
South China also did Global a favor by turning back Pahang, 3-1, in the other Group G match that was played simultaneously in Hong Kong to keep the latter from adding to its point tally.
Buoyed by the partisan crowd of roughly 2,000, Global broke through the Yadanarbon defense 16 minutes into the match when Hartmann converted a penalty that was awarded after Burmese defender Yan Paing committed a handball that blocked a free kick by Gonzalez.
Paing Yadanarbon quickly atone by equalizing for Yadanarbon just five minutes later, before Hartmann retaliated with a set-piece strike off an indirect free kick six minutes before first-half stoppage time.
Aggressive all-night long, Bahadoran was finally rewarded with a goal off the counterattack in the 60th minute, before Gonzalez punctuated the rout with his own conversion seven minutes before time.
Yadanarbon went down to nine men with two send-offs late in the match, but it hardly affected the outcome with Global already well ahead by that time.
Global thus avenged its 2-0 loss to the Burmese side in the first meeting in Myanmar last month.