Churchill are out reckoning for knock-out berth
Pune: Churchill Brothers suffered a 0-4 thrashing at the hands of Kitchee club of Hong Kong to crash out of the AFC Cup football tournament here on Wednesday.
Pablo Counago scored twice (14th and 17th) while Jordi Tarres (57th) and Cheng Siu Wai (80th) struck once each for Kitchee in their penultimate Group E match at Balewadi Sports Complex which is being used by Churchill as their home venue.
After today`s defeat, Churchill are now on four points from five matches and they are out of reckoning for a last 16 knockout berth.
Counago opened the scoring for Kitchee with his first goal of the campaign in the 14 minute.
And just three minutes later. The Spanish striker doubled Kitchee`s lead to put the visitors into a commanding position inside the opening 20 minutes.
Kitchee came close to a third, two minutes before half-time as Cheung Kin Fung`s strike crashed into the crossbar.
Henri Antchouet finally created a chance of note for Churchill Brothers six minutes into the second half, but the Gabonese striker was denied by Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng.
And six minutes later, Tarres added a third for the visitors as the Spaniard extended his record of scoring in every game during the AFC Cup campaign having scored twice as Kitchee beat Churchill Brothers 3-0 in February.
Balal Arezou and Bineesh Balan both went close to scoring for Churchill Brothers before Cheng Siu Wai sealed Kitchee`s win with 10 minutes remaining.