Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli beat Nasaf of Uzkebistan 2-1 in their Group D AFC Champions League clash at King Adbullah Sports City on Wednesday.
Omar Al Soma was in the thick of the action for Al Ahli early, having an effort saved in the very first minute of the match.
That led to a corner, and Giannis Fetfatzidis delivered a pinpoint ball from the spot to pick out an unmarked Mohammed Al Fatil, who headed home to give Al Ahli the early lead.
Nasaf slowly played their way into the game, however, and they would have their reward just before the half-hour mark, Bobir Abdixolikov finding the far corner after being teed up by a superb Dilshod Rakhmatullaev pass.
But Al Ahli would start the second half just as brightly as they did the first, and soon found themselves back in the lead again.
Hussain Al Moqhawi delivered a cross from the right, and Al Soma was the man who rose highest to nod the ball into the net and put the Saudi side in front.
Ilkom Shomurodov had a great chance to equalise for Nasaf after a mistake by the Al Ahli defence gifted possession, but his effort was well saved.
Any hope of a comeback for the visitors was snuffed out 15 minutes from time when Erkin Baydullaev was sent off for a second bookable offence.