Al Ahli shines in ACL

Foolad 0-0 Al-Sadd (Group C)

Foolad Khouzestan did well to hold out for a draw against Qatar's Al Sadd after they were reduced to ten men with over 20 minutes of regulation play remaining. Both sides made desperate attempts to break the deadlock, but there were few real chances at goal over 90 minutes at the Ghadir Stadium. Foolad's task against the 2011 champions was made even more difficult when Mehdi Badrloo was shown red for his tackle on Khalfan Ibrahim.

Nasaf 2-1 Tractorsazi Tabriz (Group D)

Uzbekistan's Nasaf stunned their Iranian opponents with a dramatic come-from-behind vcictory in their AFC Champions League match up at the Karshi Central stadium. Tractorsazi's Brazilian import Edinho opened the scoring in the 31st minute. After the break the hosts came out revitalised and goals from Ilkhom Shomurodov in the 46th minute and Khamza Karimov in the 52nd saw the Uzbek side score their first ever win in this competition. 

Al Ahli Dubai 3-3 Al Ahli SC (Group D)

Despite the boring name, the clash of the two Al Ahli's at the Rashid Stadium was a six goal thriller. The AFC Champions League match got off to a fiery start thanks to Brazilian Osvaldo's opener for the visitors in the first minute. This was followed by a Ismail Al Hammadi strike for the hosts in the 19th minute. Hussain Al Mogahwi scored in the 41st minute to hand the lead back to the Saudi team. Just two minutes before the break Ahmed Khalil pulled one back so the teams went into half time level. The pattern continued, and Dubai skipper Taiseer Al Jassam reclaimed the lead with his 58th minute strike. Saudi skipper Luis Jimenez was sent off for a foul on Os with 16 minutes remaining, but that didn't stop his side drawing level thanks to a second goal from Al Hamadi in the 79th minute.

Al Hilal 3-1 Lokomotiv

Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal eased to a 3-1 victory over Uzbekistan's Lokomotiv in their AFC Champions League match-up at the King Fahd International Stadium. The hosts opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Saud Khari got on the end of a Thiago Neves cross. Just three minutes later the score was 2-0 as Yasir Al Shahrani crossed in for Yousef Al Salem. Six minutes before the break the visitors pulled one back thanks to a Sandjar Shaakhmedov cross to Sardor Mirzayev. The hosts scored one more after the break, when Salman Al Faraj crossed to Brazilian Neves, who slotted it in.

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