Tuesday’s AFC Cup West Zone wrap

There was no shortage of goalmouth action in Tuesday’s AFC Cup West Zone matches, which saw the likes of Iraq’s Nafit Al Wasat and Al Ahed of Lebanon pick up valuable victories.

Nafit Al Wasat (Iraq) 2-0 FC Istiklol (Tajkistan)

Nafit Al Wasat find themselves in a strong position in Group B with two wins from three games after comfortably beating FC Istiklol 2-0.

Jasim Mohammed gave the Iraqi side the lead on the stroke of half-time, converting from close range after a low cross was sent in from the left.

That lead was doubled 20 minutes from time when substitute Mardek Mardkian beat goalkeeper Nikola Stosic with a low shot that went through his defence.

The defeat leaves Istiklol, last year’s runners up, at the bottom of the group with one point from three matches.

Al Wehdat (Jordan) 1-1 Altyn Asyr (Turkmenistan)

Goalkeeper Mahmoud Qandil was the hero for Jordan champions Al Wehdat, saving a penalty at the death to salvage a 1-1 draw with Altyn Asyr in their group A clash.

Midfielder Amir Gurbani gave the visitors the perfect start, finding the target after just two minutes following a surge into the penalty area.

Francisco Wagsley equalised for Al Wehdat on the half hour mark after capitalising on a defensive error from Shohrat Soyunov, who tried to head the ball back to his keeper but succeeded only in setting up the Brazilian striker.

Altyn Asyr could have snatched victory against the run of play in the dying moments of the match after Helder Lobat brought down Gurbani, but Qandil stepped up to save the day, blocking Ahmed Atayev’s strike.

The result leaves Altyn Asyr in second place on five points in their group, while Al Wehdat lie in third with four points.

Tripoli Club (Lebanon) 1-1 Al Faisaly (Jordan)

A late strike seven minutes from time earned Al Faisaly a 1-1 draw at Tripolo Club.

Abou Bakr Al Mel gave the home side the lead on the stroke of half time with a well-placed header following a cross from the right, but the Jordanians equalised late in the game after Yaseen Bakheet crossed towards Maher Al Jada, who headed past Siraj El Samad.

Al Faisaly lie in second place in Group B with five points, while Tripoli follow right behind with four points.

Al-Hadd (Bahrain) 2-5 Al Ahed (Lebanon)

Lebanese side Al Ahed deafeat Al-Hadd of Bahrain 5-2 in an action-packed Group A AFC Cup encounter.

Hassan Chaito and Ahmad Zreik gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the half-time interval, before M.R.M. Al Daoud and Ahmed Al Khattal hit back for Al Ahed after the break to level the scores.

The visitors were far from done, however. Mouhamadou Drame added a quickfire brace and there was even time for a fifth from Denis Iguma as Al Ahed sealed the emphatic win.

The result sees the Lebanese side move top of Group A on six points, while Al-Hadd are bottom with one point.

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