In an impressive display of resilience, Terengganu FC secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over Stallion Laguna FC in the AFC Cup. The match was marked by a dramatic sequence of events, including an own goal by their opponents, a spectacular goal by Ivan Mamut, and a brilliant strike from Sony Nordé. This win showcased Terengganu FC’s determination and skill, leaving fans with an unforgettable sporting spectacle.
“We earned three valuable points today despite a tense moment when Stallion took a 2-0 lead. It was a challenging situation. Sonny’s goal became our lifeline, a crucial breakthrough. The initial goal, albeit unconventional, was necessary.
Our performance improved in the second half. We questioned whether we could score two goals but exceeded expectations with three. We maintained relentless attacks, taking numerous shots and creating 8-10 promising goal-scoring opportunities.”
While praising the home team’s exceptional goals, Tomislav Steinbrückner expressed dissatisfaction with his team’s response, falling short of expectations.
“To excel in the AFC Cup, we must significantly enhance our game, especially defensively. Despite occasional goals from the home team and multiple counter-attack opportunities, it was an enjoyable match for fans.”
The head coach confidently stated that his team deserved the three points, emphasizing their hard-fought victory.
When asked about Luck’s role, he responded, “Luck may vary, but player quality remains consistent. Despite challenges, we created numerous opportunities in a game affected by rain.”
Tomislav Steinbrückner expressed disappointment over lost challenges in aerial duels and on the field, which didn’t meet his expectations.
In looking ahead, the head coach noted, “It depends on ourselves. We’ve faced Bali United and played in Australia. I know both teams’ quality, but our immediate focus is on the upcoming Malaysia Cup final against Johor Darul Ta’zim, set for December 8, 2023.”
Terengganu FC currently holds the second position in Group G and is set on progressing to the next round. They have upcoming matches against Central Coast Mariners FC on November 29, 2023, away from home, and a crucial home fixture against Bali United on December 13, 2023, significantly determining their advancement in the competition.