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United City FC, Kaya FC shut out in AFC Champions League games

It was a rough night for Philippine football as United City FC and Kaya FC-Iloilo both dropped their respective matches in the continuation of the AFC Championship League late Tuesday (Manila time).

UCFC, the reigning Philippines Football League (PFL) champions, fell to Daegu FC of South Korea on a whopping 7-0 margin in the group stage held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

UCFC was only trailing 2-0 just before the first half ended but Daegu's team captain Kim Jinhyuk scored a header at the 45th mark, 3-0, to widen the gap between the two clubs.

The Filipinos never recovered as UCFC now has a 0-1-1 win-draw-loss to settle in the last spot in Group I following a draw with Beijing FC last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Kaya FC, last season's runner-up in the PFL, endured a similar beating after it failed to earn a goal against Viettel FC of Vietnam, 5-0.

The Vietnamese booters established an early advantage after converting two goals at the 2nd and 8th minute mark of the match, 2-0.

Viettel notched another three goals in the second half to add more woes to Kaya FC side who was coming off a 4-1 loss against BG Pathum United of host Thailand.

Kaya remains at the cellar of Group F with a 0-0-2 win-draw-loss record while Viettel enjoys a 1-0-1 card at second place.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA News