Eastern's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the AFC Cup ended after they lost 3-0 to home side ACB in Hanoi last night. Following Eastern's defeat, Kedah of Malaysia won the second spot of group G to advance to the knock-out stage, despite a 3-1 defeat to group leaders Chonburi of Thailand in a later match. Both Kedah and Eastern completed the group stage with seven points, but the Malaysians stay ahead thanks to a better head-to-head result with Eastern. The Hong Kong team, who won the first meeting between the sides 3-0 at home, entered their last group match at Hang Day Stadium knowing they had a chance of overhauling Kedah. But an early Nguyen Hai Nam penalty in the 10th minute, coupled with Serbian striker Goran Gajic's two goals either side of half-time, killed the visitors off. 'We have done our best, but were hit by injury problems,' said Eastern coach Chan Hiu-ming. 'The heat and humid conditions in Hanoi also did us no favours. The home team took full advantage and never allowed us any opportunity to come back.' At Mong Kok Stadium, South China, who have already qualified for the next round by topping group F, scrapped to a 2-1 win over bottom side V.B. of the Maldives. Fielding only local players without their Brazilian contingent, South China failed to impress. Striker Chan Siu-ki, - who was booked last night and will miss their next AFC Cup match - opened the scoring in the fourth minute, but Abu Mansaray equalised for the visitors in the 17th minute. Wong Chin-hung's free kick in the 58th minute put South China back into the lead before Chan missed a late penalty to add to their tally with five minutes left. The Caroliners will now host Home United of Singapore in the last 16 match at Hong Kong Stadium on June 23.