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United City FC pulls a surprise, wins AFC Champions League



United City FC made history after pulling off a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Beijing Guoan FC in the AFC Champions League in Tashkent, Uzbekistan late Thursday.

The elite Filipino club displayed a gritty, never-say-die attitude and climbed its way up to register its first-ever victory in the prestigious continental showpiece.

United City striker Mark Hartmann saved the day after scoring a pair of goals, highlighted by his game-winning breakout strike in the 83rd minute of the match.

Suffering a 0-2 hole just in the first five minutes of the game, UCFC was almost on the brink of trouble with a couple of misses and wide shots in the first half.

But the four-time PFL champion club saw no hesitations and waged a second-half surge from Hartmann in the 59th minute, followed by an equalizer from Spanish forward Bienvenido Maranon in the 69th minute.

The historic victory improved the Filipinos standings in Group I, as they are now carrying four points from a 1-3-1 record in the tourney.

UCFC is set to face Daegu FC of Korea for its last match on Sunday, 11 July.