News Singapore Premier League • April 30, 2022
Lion City Sailors conclude maiden AFC Champions League campaign
Song Uiyoung celebrates, 24 April 2022 (Photo: Lion City Sailors)
SINGAPORE, 30 APRIL 2022 – The Lion City Sailors fell short at the final hurdle last night in the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) as they went down to a 2-1 defeat against Daegu FC.
The AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) champions needed a victory against the Korean top-flight outfit – whom they beat 3-0 in a historic win last week – to remain in contention for a place in the next round, but were unable to hold on after Song Uiyoung’s stunning long-range effort put them ahead in the 26th minute.
Lee Keun-ho levelled in the 54th minute in the Group F encounter before a contentious penalty was put away by Zeca in the 81st minute, which eliminated the Sailors and saw Daegu advance as group winners.
However, Kim Do-hoon’s men will feel that they can return home with their heads held high after setting numerous landmarks in their debut at Asia’s top-tier club tournament.
Song, who was one of the standout players, became the outright top-scoring Singaporean in ACL history with three goals; he had also become the first Singaporean to both score and make an assist in a single ACL match during their 3-2 victory over Shandong Taishan on 24 April. He is only the second Singaporean to have both scored and assisted in the ACL after Ahmad Latiff for Singapore Armed Forces FC (SAFFC).
The Sailors became the first SPL side to win more than one ACL game, having beaten Daegu and Shandong – one more than SAFFC, who are the only other Singaporean side to ever record an ACL win. The Sailors’ final haul of seven points also eclipsed SAFFC’s one and four from 2009 and 2010 respectively, while their tally of eight goals is the most by a Singaporean side in a single campaign.
The Sailors are set to resume league duties next Friday, with a clash against Hougang United to start the second round of the SPL.