KL City reach AFC Cup final after beating Uzbekistan's Sogdiana

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City FC are just one step away from winning the coveted AFC Cup.

The City Boys continued their dream run by ousting Uzbekistan club PFC Sogdiana 5-3 in a penalty shootout in the Asian Inter-Zone final at the Sogdiyona Stadium in the city of

Jizzakh yesterday.

KL City goalkeeper Kevin Ray Mendoza was their hero, stopping the Uzbek hosts from breaching their goal in 120 minutes and forcing the match into a shootout where he continued his magnificent performance.

The Filipino custodian brilliantly saved the shot of Sogdiana's second penalty kicker Shakhboz Jurabekov.

KL's Paulo Josue, Romel Morales, Hadin Azman, Akram Mahinan and Giancarlo Gallifuoco all converted their spotkicks.

Making their debut in the Asian-level competition, the City Boys have created history by advancing to the final, sweeping aside Vietnam's Viettel, Indonesia's PSM Makassar, ATK Mohun Bagan of India and Sogdiana yesterday.

KL City will face Al-Seeb of Oman, winners of the west Asia zone, in the AFC Cup final at KLFA Stadium on Oct 22.

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