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South China face anxious wait in AFC Cup after winning final group match

Caroliners are hoping group leaders are kicked out of competition for match-fixing, to advance to knockout phase

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, 11:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2014, 11:59pm

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South China trounced Malaysian club Kelantan 4-0 in their final group G match of the AFC Cup at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night – but the Hong Kong soccer giants face an anxious wait.

Goals from Lee Hong-lim (43), Andrew Barisic (75 and 90) and Lo Kong-wai (81) consolidated the Caroliners’ third place in the group. Only the top two in each group qualify for the knockout phase.

The Caroliners hope group leaders Vissai Ninh Binh will be banned from the competition after the Vietnamese club were involved in a match-fixing scandal.

Meanwhile, already-qualified Hong Kong club Kitchee lost 2-0 to Pune in India in their final group H match.