By FOX Sports staff
Kelantan extended their lead at the top of Group G with a 1-0 win over SHB Da Nang of Vietnam, and with two matches to go, there is no way they can finish outside the top two.
Following a goalless first half, Nigerian striker Dickson Nwakaeme, who was the catalyst for the Red Warriors in last week's 5-0 triumph over the same opponents, scored what proved to be the winner in the 64th minute when he raced in behind the Da Nang defence and stabbed the ball past Nguyen Thanh Binh.
The race for the other qualifying spot in the group is heating up after Myanmar's Ayeyawady United picked up their first points of the campaign with a 3-0 victory over Maziya of Maldives, and three points now separate second from fourth.
Ayeyawady got off to a dream start as they claimed a two-goal lead inside seven minutes thanks to efforts from Dominik Bersnjak and Leandro, before Nay Lin Tun added a third a minute before the break to wrap up the three points.
Semen Padang are also through to the next stage after beating Hong Kong's Kitchee 3-1 at the Haji Agus Salim Stadium.
The hosts went ahead in the 13th minute when Edward Junior Wilson scored a fine individual effort, but Kitchee pulled level three minutes after the half-hour mark when Jordi Tarres headed home Lo Chi Kwan's left-wing cross.
But in the 71st minute, Padang reclaimed the lead when Nur Iskandar netted, before Wilson ended the visitors' resistance by grabbing a third four minutes later when he fired home a freekick.
The result also means Kitchee are now in danger of being caught by both Churchill Brothers and Warriors FC, especially after the latter inflicted a 1-0 defeat on the former at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
In an evenly-contested encounter, the Warriors grabbed the winner in the 54th minute when Ruzaini Zainal broke down the right and drilled in a cross that was bundled by Dharmaraj Ravanan into his own net.
Iraqi outfit Duhok made it three wins from four in Group C after crushing Dhofar of Oman 6-1, with Alaa Abdul Zahra proving the star of the show as he netted an incredible four goals.
The 25-year-old opened the scoring in the first minute, before grabbing his second 16 minutes later to hand his side a comfortable lead early on.
Ahmed Mani did pulled one back for Dhofar in the 41st minute, but two minutes after the break, Abdul Zahra completed his hat-trick, before Burhan Sahiwni made it 4-1 in the 50th minute.
Ali Diab added a fifth for the hosts three minutes from time, but - fittingly - Alaa Abdul Zahra had the final say as he grabbed his fourth in injury time to cap off a fine individual display.
Al Shaab Ibb were eliminated after falling to a 2-0 home defeat to Al Faisaly, who took the lead in the 11th minute through an Abdelhadi Al Maharmeh header, before Ashraf Al Fawaghra made sure of the three points a minute from time when he nodded home a Khalil Baniateyah cross.
Kuwait SC are through to the last 16 and are almost guaranteed top spot in Group A after beating Regar-TadAZ of Tajikistan 5-0 at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, although the visitors deserve some credit for the way they held out in the first half.
Still, their resistance was finally broken in the 58th minute when the hosts took the lead through a strike from Issam Jemaa, who doubled his tally 13 minutes later before Rogerinho made it 3-0 in the 75th minute.
Ten minutes from time, Abdulhadi Khamees weighed in with a fourth and three minutes later, Chadi Hammami rounded off the scoring to cap off an excellent night at the office for Kuwait SC.
Behind Al Kuwait in second place are Al Riffa, who overtook Safa of Lebanon with a 2-0 win at the Bahrain National Stadium.
Syrian striker Ahmad Al Douni got the Bahrain outfit on their way when he opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, before his compatriot Mahmoud Almawas doubled their tally in the 72nd minute.
Wednesday's AFC Cup Results
Al Riffa 2-0 Safa
Kuwait SC 5-0 Regar-TadAZ
Duhok 6-1 Dhofar
Al Shaab Ibb 0-2 Al Faisaly
Semen Padang 3-1 Kitchee
SHB Da Nang 0-1 Kelantan
Ayeyawady United 3-0 Maziya