Russian striker Volos Yury slammed a hattrick to power two-time champions Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan to an empathic 3-0 win over Nepal's New Road Team in the AFC President's Cup Group A qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Their second triumph in as many matches means Dordoi, the five-time finalist, lifted their points tally to a maximum six with one match in hand against hosts Abahani on Sunday. On the other hand, the second consecutive defeats dashed New Road's hopes of qualifying for the four-team finals though they will play against Hasus NTCPE in a match of academic interest on the tournament's closing day.
Dordoi were the clear favourite in the game and the Kyrgyz had to wait only six minutes to take the lead spectacularly as Volos blasted home inside the box after his compatriot Mysikov Alexander brought down a well-judge cross off Amirov Ildar with his chest.
The Nepalese side fought equally in the first half and created two chances, but their Danish striker Ghavghani Mosavi Shayan and defender Sagar Thapa spoiled both of the opportunities. The game was played amid boiling heat, which meant that the game was basically played at walking pace and the players of both sides were seen to take a break whenever they had the chance.
Dordoi should have doubled the lead in stoppage time of the first half, but it was much relief for the Nepalese side, who saw Dordoi's Amirov Ildar, who struck twice in the previous match, drove outside despite having an open net.
After resumption, New Road Team had a lion share of the ball possession, but could not create any clear chances, rather they conceded two more goals.
In the 74th minute, Kniazev Sergey whipped in a cross from the right and Volos slammed a glancing header past goalkeeper Surendra Kumar and five minutes from time, it was Volos again and the striker this time rose high to head a Sataev Nurkal corner home to ensure the rout.
Despite winning the second successive victory, Dordoi's Russian coach Dvoryankov Sergey was not happy with the way his boys played rather he praised the opponents for their control of the game. He, however, said that the match was very hard compared to their first match because of the sweltering heat.
New Road Team's coach Yogamber Man Suwal said two-time champions Dordoi were better on the pitch and took full advantage of the players' physical height.
He, however, thought that his boys missed a couple of good chances to score.