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Brunei DPMM (0) vs (1) Global FC (July 27, Saturday, 8p.m, Jalan Besar Stadium)

This tie is far from over as Global FC only hold a slender one-goal advantage over Brunei DPMM, who were on par with their Philippines opponents in the first leg. 

But the Bruneians were unlucky to concede a goal in the dying seconds of the match and were also guilty of not putting away chances presented to them.

After the 1-0 loss, coach Vjeran Simunic admitted that he was not pleased with the performance of his foreign strikers Joao Moreira and Arturas Rimkevicius. 

Moreira has been sending his attempts into the wilderness in the past few matches while Rimkevicius, according to Simunic, has yet to get accustomed to the artificial pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

This could mean a start for locals Azwan Ali and Adi Said to lead their frontline and snatch the early goal, which will set the clash up for an interesting battle as both side aim to progress to the semis.

While the Wasps are known for their tactical discipline and build-up play from the middle, Brian Reid's charges also worked wonders with their swift counter-attacking play, often breaking away via their flankers before sending dangerous crosses into the box for lone striker Rufino Sanchez.

Global might not be the fittest side between the two but their coach has cleverly set out a strategy that addressed their weaknesses and slowed down the tempo of the match whenever necessary. 

Both sides amassed nine yellow cards between them in the first leg and the second leg will no doubt be just as physical, not forgetting the lively coaches who were having a duel of words on the touchline.

Global captain Ben Starosta, who is leading the team’s backline, might be in for a busy night as DPMM will be throwing numbers forward in the hope of overturning the tie to their favour.


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