New Radiant kicked off their 2018 AFC Cup campaign with a 1-0 win away from Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited on Wednesday thanks to the goal by Ali Fasir.
Played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium the two teams ended the first forty five minutes of the match goalless without much chances to score even. The hosting team had some wonderful chance to open the scoring card early in the second half but Nigrerian striker Sunday Nwadialus header went over the crossbar.
Abahani were made to pay for that miss when Maldives last two years top scorer Ali Fasir made his name on the score-sheet with a thunderbolt left-footed strike by a cross from Mohamed Umair. The game was much more difficult when the Nigerian player Sunday was dismissed with a red card reducing Abahani Limited to 10 men.
New Radiant will host Indian champion Aizawl FC on their next game of AFC Cup and Abahani will fly Bangalore on their next game. Next games of Group E will be played on next Wednesday.