There were wins for Lokomotiv and Al Nasr in Tuesday’s AFC Champions League West Zone action.
Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan) 1-0 Tractorsazi Tabriz (Iran)
Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor picked up their first win of the 2016 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Tractorsazi Tabriz of Iran.
The goal came courtesy of Igor Sergeev shortly before the end of the first half, the forward finding the back of the net with a superb strike from the edge of the area.
The visitors had the better of the second half but they couldn’t get back in the game and Pakhtakor held on for the win.
The result leaves the Uzbeki side in third place in Group C on four points, while Tractorsazi remain in second place, having earned six points from their first two games.
Sepahan (Iran) 0-2 Lokomotiv (Uzbekistan)
Lokomotiv had too much steam from Sepahan in their Group A clash on Tuesday.
Marat Bikmaev produced a smart finish to put the visitors ahead on 14 minutes, before Sardor Mirzayev doubled their lead in the dying moments of the second half to put the result beyond question.
Lokomotiv now lead Group A on five points, while Sepahan are stuck at the bottom, albeit with only two points less in what is proving to be a tightly contested group.
Al Jazira (UAE) 1-1 Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
Al-Hilal missed out on an opportunity to go top of Group C after being held to a 1-1 draw at Al Jazira.
The Saudi Arabian side took the lead in the ninth minute through Brazilian Ailton, who scored with a fine solo effort after making his into Al Jazira’s area from midfield, beating two defenders on the way.
That effort looked set to secure victory for the visitors, who were dominant throughout the contest, but Farez Juma equalised for Al Jazira deep into stoppage time, converting with a header from a probing long ball that was sent upfield.
The result sees Al-Hilal stay in second place in the group, while Al Jazira are bottom, having earned their first point of this year’s campaign.
Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 1-2 Al Nasr (UAE)
Nilmar starred for Al Nasr as they won 2-1 at Al Ittihad.
The Brazilian forward gave his side the lead in the opening minutes of the match, latching on to a pass from Amir Mubarak before holding off Ahmed Asiri and firing the ball into the back of the net.
But the Saudis hit back in the 13th minute though Gelmin Rivas, who beat Ahmad Shambih with a well-taken shot.
Nilmar returned to the fore in the second half to snatch victory for Al Nasr 16 minutes from time, after Jonathan Pitroipa provided the assist.
The win sees Al Nasr go top of Group B on six points from three matches, while Al Ittihad are bottom on two points.