Junior Dutra signed off with a goal in his last game for Lee Man, as the Hong Kong side kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the next round of the AFC Cup alive with a 3-1 win over Tainan City on Monday. Second half goals from Yung Hui-to and the Brazilian in Buriram gave Chan Hiu-ming’s side a two-goal lead, before Marc-Mechez Fenelus’ penalty set up the prospect of a tense finish to the Group J clash, only for Chang Hei-yin to settle the game 12 minutes from time. Victory moves Lee Man level on points with Eastern Long Lions having played one game more than their compatriots, who they lost to 3-1 in the first game, and Chan’s team could still advance depending on the outcome of Thursday’s clash between Tainan City and Eastern. The manager hailed his side’s performance, and said while he wished they could have scored more goals to put themselves ahead of their city rivals, he was satisfied with the performance overall. “I am happy to see the team come out of the shadow of the last game, because that was disappointing,” Chan said. “But today we came with a new energy, we were like a new team. “We just focused on this game and I believe our players gave it their best and we won’t give up believing we can qualify. I’m proud of my players. “We can’t control the final result, but today we tried to do what we need to do, which was win and score enough goals.” Eastern off to flying start in AFC Cup with win over Lee Man Despite the need for goals, Lee Man did everything but score in the first half, with Gil Martins rattling Tainan goalkeeper Hsuan Tuan’s left post when clean through, and Yuto Nakamura then steered the ball wide from Kim Seung-yong’s first-time pass across the face of goal. It was another example of Kim’s value to a team he is also leaving, with the South Korean retiring after what was likely to be Lee Man’s last game of the season. Moments before the break, Hsuan was called into action to deny Dutra after Jonatan Acosta had won possession on the halfway line and his pass had given Brazilian the opportunity to run at goal. But Hsuan was quickly off his line to block the resulting shot. Tainan City had rarely been able to venture into the Lee Man penalty area but, in the final moments they went close to scoring an unexpected opener. First, Fenelus shot wide after creating space inside the box, and two minutes into injury time Ange Kouame headed over the bar as Tainan threatened again. Lee Man finally got in front 10 minutes after the break. Martins’ ball from the right corner of the penalty invited Yung to strike and he obliged, sending his shot in via Hsuan’s outstretched arm. Dutra doubled the lead 14 minutes later when Martins’ pass released his fellow Brazilian and the Tainan City defence could not keep pace before the former Shimizu S-Pulse striker slotted his effort home. Fenelus gave Tainan hope with a 72nd minute penalty after Yao Ko-chi was brought down by Tsui Wang-kit, but six minutes later Lee Man restored their two-goal lead when Dutra turned provider to set up Chang to seal the win with a shot into the bottom corner.