The striker was born on January 21 and receives a yellow card from the referee, but he is not a foul.
Nguyễn Công Phượng was given the opportunity to start the first match by coach Chung Hae-seong in his first match in the AFC Champions League preliminary round. Ho Chi Minh City Club lost at home to Buriram United on the evening of January 21.
January 21 is also the birthday of the rookie who just moved to play for the Ho Chi Minh City Club. Cong Phuong had 86 minutes to play on the pitch, but couldn’t find a goal. The player who wears number 21 is also shown a yellow card before leaving the field.
|Công Phượng (right) in the match officially debut HCMC Club. Photo: Dunlayawat.|
In the 80th minute, midfielder Vũ Ngọc Thịnh fouled midfielder Sasalak, but the referee pulled Công Phượng’s yellow card. The reason is that the player is in the wrong place again. Công Phượng signaled that he was not the one punished.
The player born in 1995 laughed after an unsuccessful attempt at explaining. However, it seems the referee found the mistake after talking to the assistants over the radio. He immediately called Ngọc Thịnh and pointed out a specific penalty for the yellow card.
After-game statistics still indicate that Công Phượng received a yellow card. This is quite a rare incident with the former striker of Sint-Truidense on his birthday. Unfortunately, the goal did not come with this striker.
Công Phượng left the field in the 86th minute for Phạm Văn Thành to come on. At this moment, the Ho Chi Minh City Club is leading 1-2, and that is the final score of the match. The only goal by the visitors was scored by Amido Balde.
This result makes the Ho Chi Minh City Club no opportunity to participate in the AFC Champions League. They will participate in the AFC Cup 2020 when they are in Group F with Hougang United, Lao Toyota and the unknown qualifying soccer team.
Công Phượng came to Ho Chi Minh City Club under a contract of acquisition from Sint-Truidense to the end of the European season. Afterwards, the V.League 2018 runner-up will negotiate with HAGL to own him for the 2020 V.League season.