It was Pune FC and Churchill Brothers who put India on Asian football map in this season, playing the prestigious AFC Cup. Pune FC had to take the exit door from the group stage while the Goan outfit came second from the group E to qualify for the Round of 16. In the single leg knock out stage Churchill visited Group G winners Vissai Ninh Binh in Vietnam.
Indian footballer of the year Blawant Singh gave Churchill the lead in the 19th minute. But it took only three minutes for the Vietnamese club to level the game. And within half hour mark Vissai Ninh Binh’s only foreign recruit, South Korean Sim Woon Sub scored to put the home side ahead.
In the second half, Van Quyen scored a goal after bamboozling Churchill Brothers’ defenders to widen the distance to 3-1. Churchill Brothers came back with a penalty kick, but Van Quyen completed his brace from a free kick bringing the final match score to 4-2.
Churchill Brothers’ 4-2 defeat away at Vietnam’s Vissai Ninh Binh made them crash out from the round of 16 stage of the 2014 AFC Cup.