Depleted Global FC holds Pahang FA of Malaysia to scoreless road draw for first point in AFC Cup

A DEPLETED Global FC held Pahang FA of Malaysia to a scoreless draw in the opponent’s turf at Stadium Darul Makmur to register in the point column of the Asian Football Confederation Cup on Wednesday night.

Bucking the absence of injured skipper Misagh Bahadoran and a few others that left them with only 15 players available, the defending United Football League champions registered a clean sheet against one of Malaysia’s top clubs in the Group G matchup.

As a result, Global tallied a point to recover from a disappointing 6-1 home defeat at the hands of South China last month at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in its debut in the second-tier club competition in the continent.

“We showed that we can play at this level,” said stand-in coach Dan Padernal, who took over head coach Leigh Manson owing to a coaching license technicality.

The back four of Daisuke Sato, Amani Aguinaldo, Jerry Barbaso, and Masaki Yanagawa—one of only three foreigners in the AFC squad, held the fort, while seldom-used goalkeeper Jun Badelic also shone as the starter with numerous denials.

Global also threatened offensively, with Mark Hartmann and Richard Talaroc conjuring the side’s best chances that nearly caused an upset for the visitors.

One dampener, however, was Aguinaldo getting sent off after picking up a second yellow card for wasting time late in stoppage time, leaving the young Davaoeño defender suspended in Global’s next match against Yadanarbon next week.

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