AFC Cup wrap – 25 Feb

PERSIB BANDUNG 4-1 NEW RADIANT

Persib Bandung got their AFC Cup campaign off to a sparkling start with a 4-1 win over Maldives side New Radiant in their Group H clash. Achmad Jufriyanto scored the opener for the Indonesian champions in the 15th minute. Midfielder Makan Konate added a second in the 42nd minute and skipper Atep Rizal made it 3-0 two minutes into extra time in the first half. New Radiant captain Ashad Ali scored a consolation goal for the visitors on the hour mark, but it was too little too late. New Radiant seemed invigorated by their goal, with two more chances in the second half, but they were well fielded by the hosts. Substitute Yandi Munawar scored the fourth goal for Persib in the 91st minute.

FC ISTIKLOL 1-3 ARBIL

Iraqi team Arbil eased to a 3-1 win over Tajikistan double winners FC Istiklol in the AFC Cup match at the Respublikansky Stadion. Ahmed Hussein scored the opening goal for the visitors in the 35th minute. In the 61st minute an own goal from Mustafa Al Shabbani (later awarded to Istikol's Fatkhulio Fatkhulloev) saw the scores levelled. Just five minutes later Nabeel Sabah gave the Iraqis the lead again. Luay Salah secured the victory with his 75th minute strike.

YADANARBON 2-3 PAHANG

Malaysia's Pahang FA fought to a 3-2 win in their AFC Cup Group G game against Myanmar's Yadanarbon at Mandalar Thiri Stadium. Nigerian striker Dickson Nwakaeme scored an early brace to give the Malaysian side the lead. His first came in the sixth minute, and his second in the 12th mute. A Damian Stewart own goal minutes before half time saw the hosts pull one back, and Djedje Djawa's 57th minute strike saw them level the scores. Ramachandra scored a dramatic late winner in the 89th minute to gift the visitors an invaluable away win.

LAO FC 2-2 AYEYAWADY UNITED

Lao FC came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Ayeyawady United in their AFC Cup opener at the New Laos National Stadium. he visitors opened the scoring through Riste Naumov in the 21st minute. The Macedonian striker then scored a second in the 57th minute. The hosts weren't taking it lying down, with substitute Sitthideth Khanthavong pulling one bake in the 63rd minute. Just two minutes later midfielder Phatthana Syvilay scored the equaliser to help his side to joint second place in the group.

GLOBAL FC 1-6 SOUTH CHINA

Hong Kong's South China sent out an emphatic message of intent for the AFC Cup with their 6-1 victory over Global FC. Braces from Danny McBreen and Mahama Awal as well as a goal apiece skipper Chan Wai Ho and Lo Kong Wo added to the goal fest at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Global FC, the first team from the Philippines to qualify for the contest, will need to go back to the drawing board despite their late consolation goal from Mike Jonsson.

AL QADSIA 2-0 AHAL  
Kuwait's Al Qadisiya eased to a 2-0 victory of Turkmenistan's Ahal in their match at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. Their two goals came shortly after half time, one in the 58th minute and the second in the 62nd minute. 

AL RIFFA 0-1 JAISH  

Syria's Al Jaish managed a 1-0 victory over the Bahrain's Al Riffa in their AFC Cup opener at the Stad al-Bahrayn al-Watani. A Basil Mustafa goal in the 65th minute was the difference between the two sides.

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