Welcome to FootballPakistan’s LIVE and exclusive text commentary for the AFC Presidents Cup final between KRL and Balkan FC at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia.
Stay with us for the 4:45 PM PST Kick-off!
KRL Line-up: Saqib, Shahid, Kamran, Samar (c), Zia, Mehmood, Rizwan, Kaleem, Ahsan, Adil, Saddam
LIVE score: KRL 0-1 Balkan FC
90′: 4 minutes of injury time! And KRL losing 1-0 to Balkan FC.
89′ Change for Balkan: Astanov IN, Ylyasov OUT
87′ BALKAN TAKE THE LEAD. BRILLIANT VOLLEY BY BURKANI TO GIVE HIS SIDE THE LEAD!
86′ Bicycle kick by Saad! But it goes into the hands of the Balkan goalkeeper!
83′ Ylyasov looks hurt and has to be carried off in a strecher! Worrying times for the Turkmenistan club.
82′ KRL try their luck with Kaleem’s longshot, but it goes just wide!
78′ Samar gone down and he looks in pain! But luckily he gets up to take the free-kick!
76′ Chance for a freekick to KRL. Adil lining up with Samar Ishaq beside him. The winger has a good try, but the Balkan FC goalkeeper catches it!
71′ Still 0-0 between the sides, as KRL and Balkan both happy to chase each other in midfield.
67′ Balkan launch a throw in, but despite getting the ball in a good area, ther weak shot is gathered by Saqib Hanif easily.
63′ Kaleemullah’s free-kick goes between the wall, but goes wide in the end. Balkan FC launch another attack and have gotten a corner at the other end.
61′ KRL unable to carve out any real chances and are now resorting to long balls! But they have a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the box and coudl score!!
56′ Yellow card for Saddam Hussain!
54′ Change for Balkan FC! Abdul ON, Italmazov OFF
53′ Chaos at the goal piece as Balkan FC bombard forward to score! And one of the multiple shots hits the post! But luckily the ball goes out for a goal-kick! KRL barely escape!
50′ Change for KRL! Saad IN Rizwan Out
49′ KRL starting well and Adil almost latches onto a brilliant through ball, but the Balkan goalie gets there first!
46′ And we kick-off the 2nd half! KRL need to hold and score soon!
Half-Time: It’s goalless uptil now, but Balkan looking more likely to score!
45+’ 1 minute of stoppage time added.
42′ Change for KRL: Zia-us-Salam OFF, Bilal-ur-Rehman ON. Looks like an injury for Zia! Most probably muscle pain!
40′ Balkan’s Italmazov gets a yellow card for a tackle on Kaleemullah.
38′ But KRL manage to clear and go for a long ball down the flank. Adl eventually manage to catch it and goes for a cross, but the Balkan defence hold up well. And now they have another dangerous free-kick outside the box!
37′ Kamran Khan gets a yellow card for shirt pulling just outside the right-flank. Balkan lining up for the shot!
34′ A great long-range ball to Mohammad Adil, but he’s unfortunately offside in a position where he could have really damaged Balkan.
26′ KRL settling into the game. Zia and Adil asserting their authority on the game. Kaleemullah looking mightily impressive and made a great run from the right, which earns the Pakistani champions a corner. But they are unable to divert their multiple efforts in the goal.
21′ Hamrayev crosses for skipper Karadanov to score, but his header goes well wide despite being in a good position!
19′ Balkan’s Annymyradov breaks down the wing and wreaks havoc, but luckily for KRL they hold and clear! The Pakistani club on the ropes with Balkan attacking at every chance!
17′ Balkan nearly got the goal! A comical mix-up between the defenders leads to an opening for the Central-Asian club, but luckily Samar clears the ball with goalkeeper Saqib beaten!
16′ Balkan have looked the better side uptil now and have a corner for their efforts. AND THEY ALMOST PROFIT! BUT BALL IS BARELY CLEARED BY KRL. AND BALKAN HAVE ANOTHER CORNER!
13′ KRL have a lucky escape!! Balkan build-up nicely and almost score with Tkachaneko, who despite being in a brilliant position, puts the ball wide!
12′ Yellow card for Ahsanullah as he tackles a Balkan attacker! But luckily Saqib gathers the free-kick!!
9′ A dangerous looking cross in from Balkan’s left-flank, but Saqib Hanif gets to the ball first. And clears a long one for his team to counter!
5′ Balkan piling on the pressure with two early corners. Looks like it’s going to be a long day for the KRL defence!