Mohamed Aakib and Bodric Dimitri scored hat-trick’s as Colombo FC demolished Transport United 7-1 in the Preliminary Stage 1st Leg of the AFC Cup 2019 at the Race Course International Stadium.
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On a hot and humid afternoon, it took Colombo just 5 minutes to get the scoreboard ticking through a horror mistake from the Transport United goalkeeper Hari Gurung. He failed to gather an acrobatic effort from Duckson Puslas, from just outside the box, and the rebound was spilled into the path of Mohamed Aakib who scored from close range.
Just 3 minutes later, Colombo FC struck once again as Momas Yapo took the ball forward from the right flank through a counter and fed the ball neatly to Aakib who came rushing into the box before rocketing a volley into the top corner.
Things went from bad to worse for Transport United as the 18-year old teenager, Aakib completed his hat-trick just 11 minutes into the game, finishing off a delightful through ball by Mohamad Fazal from inside the box.
Transport United were awarded with two free-kicks midway into the half on the left edge of the box, but Kezang Jamtsho who stepped up for the both was unable to make it count. Aakib could have had his 4th but instead of taking a shot he tried to square the ball across the goal which was cleared away.
It was just a matter of time as Colombo found their 4th of the day through an unmarked Bodric Dimitri who headed home from point blank range off a Yapo cross from the right.
Jamtsho tried a shot on goal from outside the goal which forced a comfortable save from the Mohamed Imran. Just before half time, Fazal created a moment of magic to take the ball into the box through the right sliding past a defender just to see his shot hitting the side netting.
Half Time – Colombo FC 4 – 0 Transport United
Minutes in Aakib missed a chance by a whisker as he headed over an open header from close range. Transport United were reduced to 10-men in the 50th minute as Aboubacar Camara was shown a red card for kicking at the legs of Dimitri.
Even with a man down, Transport United were the better team in the 2nd half keeping possession and working the ball around while the hosts did not have the same intensity as the first half. However, they lacked the creativity and finishing in the attacking third.
Yapo and Aakib both missed a one-on-one opportunity against Hari Gurung in the same play as the defence scrambled back to clear the danger.
Dimitri found his second in the 76th minute as he once again found himself unmarked at the far post, against a switched off defence, to head in off a Chalana Chameera cross through the left.
Immediately after, Transport United somehow found a way to get a consolation goal as Norbu Lepcha’s long range effort found the back of the net with Imran failing to deduce its awkward bounce.
Colombo awoke from their slumber after conceding to another two. Zarwan Johar forced a fine save from Gurung, but the rebound ball was pounced by Asikur Rahuman who had no difficulty in hitting the back of the net.
Chalana once again found Dimitri, with a brilliant cross from his out-step, who volleyed home off the underside of the cross bar to cap-off a fantastic Colombo FC performance.
Full Time – Colombo FC 7 – 1 Transport United
ThePapare.com Player of the Match – Mohamed Aakib (Colombo FC)
Colombo FC – Mohamed Aakib 5’, 8’ & 11’, Bodric Dmitri 27’, 76’ & 87’, Asikur Rahuman 81’
Transport United – Norbu Lepcha 77’
Colombo FC – Duckson Puslas
Transport United – Aboubacar Camara