The play-offs for the 2016 AFC Cup continued on Tuesday and four more teams claimed their spots in the main event.
Al Wahda (Syr) 2-0 Balkan FC (TKM)
Syrian side Al Wadha booked their place in the 2016 AFC Cup after beating Turkmenistan’s Balkan 2-0 at the Saida Municipal Stadium.
Al Wadha took the lead in the 17th minute when Raja Rafe burst into space on the left flank and unleashed a powerful shot that left Balkan goalkeeper Pavel Matus with no chance.
Although the home side continued to dominate possession and territory throughout, it took them until the 52nd minute to add to their advantage, with Khaled Al Mbayed doubling their lead after the Balkan defense was unable to clear Osama Omari’s corner.
Al Wahda have been drawn in Group C and will kick off their 2016 campaign against Al Oruba in Muscat on February 24.
Tripoli Club (Leb) 0-0 (AET 7-6 Pens) FC Alay (Tkm)
Tripoli Club have advanced to the group stage of the AFC Cup after the Lebanese Cup winners beat Kyrgyzstan’s FC Alay 7-6 on penalties, after the match finished scoreless at the end of extra time.
Tripoli have goalkeeper Abdo Tafeh to thank for the victory, after he saved Murolimzhon Ahkmedov’s spot kick to ensure his side progressed to Group B.
Tripoli had the better of the chances in regulation time, but were nearly made to pay for Mohamad Ghaddar’s mistake from the spot, after he was denied by FC Alay goalkeeper Valeri Kashuba when the hosts were awarded a penalty in the 34th minute.
Kashuba continued to impress throughout as Tripoli made most of the running, but ultimately it was his opposite number that had reason to celebrate at the end of the night.
In their opener, they will meet Tehran’s Naft Al Wasat on February 23.
Ahli Al Khalil (Pal) 1-0 FC Khujand (Taj)
Palestine’s Ahli Al Khalil advanced to Group D of this season’s continental championship after claiming a 1-0 win over Khujand from Tajikistan.
Mahmoud Wadi scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute after Khaldun Halman was played into space on the right flank and played in Wadi, who made no mistake from close range.
The goal was just reward for the Palestine side, who had the better of the play for the majority of the match.
They will travel to Bahrain to face Al Muharraq on February 24 in their opening fixture of the proper competition.
Al-Hadd (Bah) 2-0 K-Electric FC (Pak)
Bahrain’s Al-Hadd reached the Group stage after they claimed a 2-0 win over Pakistan’s K-Electric FC.
After the first half finished goalless, the hosts took the lead when Ifedayo Olusegun found the back of the net with a neat finish.
For most of the second half it seemed as if the score would remain unchanged, until Mohammad Al Daoud popped up to double the lead in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Al-Hadd have been drawn in Group A and will face the winner of the clash between Al Wehdat and Al Jazeera in their opener on February 23.