AFC Champions League West Zone wrap

There were wins for Al-Hilal and El Jaish in Wednesday’s AFC Champions League West Zone action.

Nasaf (Uzbekistan) 2-1 Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia)

Nasaf picked up the first points of their 2016 campaign thanks to goals from Bobir Abdixolikov and Maksud Karimov.

The Uzbeki side opened the scoring just after half-time thanks to a close range header from Abdixolikov, and Karimov doubled their lead on the hour mark after latching onto Shukhrat Mukhammadiev’s deflected shot and firing home from close range.

The Saudis did pull one back in the 71st minute through Muhannad Asiri, who converted from the penalty spot after Sherzod Azamov handled in the box, but Nasaf managed to hold on for victory, leaving them level on three points with Al Ahli in Group D.

El Jaish (Qatar) 2-1 Al Ain (United Arab Emirates)

El Jaish made it two wins from two in Group D with a 2-1 victory over Al Ain.

Despite Al Ain dominating the first half, it was the Qatari side who opened their account four minutes after the break, Moroccan striker Abderrazzaq Hamedallah attacking from deep before scoring with a pearler of a shot.

And with 11 minutes to, El Jaish went 2-0 up, Hamedallah this time playing provider for Yasir Isa, who beat the goalkeeper before finishing into an open net.

Saeed Al Katheeri pulled one back in the 86th minute for Al Ain, but their poor finishing in the first half ultimately cost them and there was no time for another.

Al Jazira (United Arab Emirates) 0-1 Tractorsazi (Iran)

A single strike in the first half made all the difference in the match between Al Jazira and Tractorsazi in Abu Dhabi.

Bakhtiar Rahmani scored his third goal in two Champions League matches this year, controlling a lofted pass on his chest before beating the goalkeeper with a blistering shot.

That proved enough for a Tractorsazi victory which sees them lead Group C with six points, while Al Jazira are yet to earn their first point.

Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) 4-1 Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan)

The biggest win of the day was reserved for Al-Hilal, who thumped Pakhtakor 4-1 in Riyadh after the two sides drew 2-2 last week.

Igor Sergeev put the visitors 1-0 up in the first half, but Al-Hilal came roaring back after the break with four unanswered goals.

Abdullah Al Zori levelled the scores early in the second half before Adnan Orahovac scored an unlucky own goal to put Al-Hilal 2-1 up. A brace from Khalid Al Kabi put the result beyond any question.

The result sees Al-Hilal move into second place in Group C on four points, with Pakhtakor following in third on one point.

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