CAMBODIAN champions Phnom Penh Crown had their hopes of qualification from the Group stage of the AFC President's Cup dashed Friday when they lost to host nation Kyrgyzstan's Dordoi-Dynamo 3-1.
Eight thousand fans filled the stands of Spartak Stadium in Bishkek to watch the side from Naryn - who have dominated the Kyrgyzstan league, winning the past five seasons - finish strongly over the Cambodian visitors to stay on top of the group table.
After Crown had opened the scoring in the 33rd minute through Cameroonian sensation Jean-Roger Lappe Lappe, Dynamo managed to claw their way back into the game thanks to Ghanaian forward David Tetteh, who netted deep into first-half stoppage time.
Just a minute after the restart, fellow Dynamo striker Mirlan Mirzaev put the Kyrgyz ahead before captain Ruslan Sydykov sealed the win with a strike 12 minutes from time.
Kanbawza 4 Yeedzin 2
In Friday's earlier Group C fixture - played in front of a modest 150 spectators according to the AFC official match report - Bhutan champions Yeedzin FC threw away a two-goal advantage to finish the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline against Myanmar club Kanbawza.
Goals from Pema Chopel and Jigme Tenzin with just a third of the match gone had the Bhutanese seemingly in the driving seat, but an own goal by Yeedzin defender Pema Rinchen on 38 minutes signified a change in the tides. Kanbawza came out firing in the second half, with a brace from in from Soe Min Oo, and another from defender Win Min Htut in the 78th minute that left Yeedzin with a bitter taste after the game.