AFC Champions League: West Zone wrap

The first leg of the round of 16 in the AFC Champions League saw big wins for El Jaish and Al Nasr in the West Zone, while Al Hilal and Lokomotiv battled it out to a draw.

Lekhiwya 0-4 El Jaish

In an all-Qatari fixture, El Jaish put four goals past a hapless Lekhwiya, with Romarinho scoring a brace to put his club in a commanding position ahead of the second leg.

The Brazilian took advantage of a fortunate rebound off the post to open the scoring in the 17th minute. Hamedallah Abdurazzaq showed all his class with a fantastic solo effort, running with the ball from his own half before doubling the lead with a shot from inside the penalty area.

Mohamed Methani put the game almost beyond reach for the hosts with a third in the 54th minute via an accurate header, while Romarinho added the icing on the cake from close range in the final throes of the match.

Al Nasr 4-1 Tractorsazi Tabriz

Hosts Al Nasr put Tractorsazi Tabriz to the sword at home in Dubai, with Salem Saleh netting twice after coming on as a substitute.

While it was the visitors that had the first chance at goal, the tide swung Al Nasr’s way in the 14th minute when Ahmed Al Yassi scored after the Tractorsazi Tabriz defence failed to clear the ball in from the flank.

Saleh doubled the lead just before half-time when a corner was flicked on and he found himself in the right place at the right time to head it home.

The Iranian club got one back in the 59th minute via Augusto Cesar, but Saleh was again in the perfect position to get his second when a rebounded shot landed at his feet.

Al Nasr’s Mahmoud Khami then set the crowd alight with a cracking right-footed strike from over 30 yards out that sailed into the top corner, leaving Tractorsazi Tabriz hoping for miracle in the return leg.

Al Hilal 0-0 Lokomotiv

Lokomotiv have goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov to thank for their clean sheet as they earned a goalless draw away to Al Hilal.

The Uzbekistani international twice denied Al Hilal attackers to hand his team a slight advantage when Al Hilal travel to Kazakhstan next week.

Al Hilal’s Carlos Eduardo thought he had the first goal in the 28th minute, but he was ruled offside. Later, Nesterov’s first fine save was to his right, palming off an attempt from Nawaf Al Abid.

In the second half, Nesterov pulled off another blinder, this time low to his left, to deny Salem Al Dawsari’s strike that looked destined for the bottom corner.

While Lokomotiv created some half-chances towards the end, the match ultimately fizzled out to a draw.

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