By FOX Sports staff
Although they entered Tuesday’s clash at the Haji Agus Salim Stadium with a one-goal lead from last week’s first leg, the Red and Gold fell behind in the 23rd minute when Edward Junior Wilson pounced on a poor clearance by Gurpreet Sandhu and held off the challenge of Uga Okpara, before firing into the top corner.
But despite dominating proceedings, Padang were just unable to find a crucial second goal and were made to pay 12 minutes from time when James Moga met Baljit Sahni’s cross with a powerful header into the back of the net, to hand the visitors the victory on aggregate and progress into the last four.
East Bengal will next meet defending champions Kuwait SC, who cruised to a 5-0 win over Maldives' New Radiant at the Al Kuwait Sports Club to win their last-eight tie 12-2 on aggregate.
With a five-goal lead from the first leg, the Kuwaitis were never in danger of missing out on the last four but they showed no signs of letting up by taking the lead in the 15th minute through a 25-yard belter from Abdullah Al Buraiki.
A minute before the half-hour mark, Issam Jemaa fired into the top corner from outside the area, before doubling his tally nine minutes later by converting a penalty.
Jemaa then completed his hat-trick a minute before the break with a neat header, although Kuwait were reduced to ten men in the 50th minute when Yaqoub Al Taher saw red for a last-man foul on Ali Ashfaq.
Still, his dismissal was a minor blemish on what was otherwise a perfect evening for the hosts, who wrapped up the victory in the 70th minute when Al Kandari headed home their fifth.
Kuwaiti outfit Al Qadsia survived a late fightback from Syria's Al Shorta to play out a 2-2 draw at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium and progress on the away goals rule.
After both sides had played out a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 17th minute when Musaed Neda headed home a corner, and he made it 2-0 just four minutes later when he scored from the spot.
However, Al Shorta pulled one back in the 68th minute through an Ahmad Al Douni effort, before Tussi Junior equalised ten minutes from time, although it ultimately proved to be not enough for them.
Al Qadsia will now Al Faisaly in the other semi-final after the Jordanian side claimed a 2-1 win over Hong Kong's Kitchee to progress 4-2 on aggregate.
The hosts got off to a dream start at the Amman International Stadium in the 18th minute when Khaldoon Al Hamdan headed home a cross, before Antonio Junior added a second three minutes before the break when he coolly found the back of the net from the edge of the area.
Huang Yang did manage to pull one back for the visitors in the 54th minute when he scored with a curling effort, but it proved to be a mere consolation as Al Faisaly held on for the win.
Tuesday’s AFC Cup Quarter-final Results
Semen Padang 1-1 East Bengal (1-2 on agg.)
Al Faisaly 2-1 Kitchee (4-2 on agg.)
Al Shorta 2-2 Al Qadsia (2-2 on agg., Al Qadsia on away goals)
Kuwait SC 5-0 New Radiant (12-2 on agg.)
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