Al Qadsia take control of AFC Cup semi

Kuwaiti side Al Qadsia proved to strong for their Malaysian rivals Johor Darul Ta'zim, winning their AFC Cup semi-final first leg 3-1.

After the first half hour at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium was goalless, the hosts broke the deadlock in the 31st minute when Doris Salomo Fuakuputu found the back of the net from another accurate corner deleivered by captain Bader Al Motawaa.

Fuakuputu's powerful header came from just eight yards out and the JDT stopper had no chance.

Al Qadsia's advantage was doubled in the 42nd minute when Bader Al Mutawa converted a spot kick after Johor was punished for an infringement in the penalty box. The striker powered the ball home into the top right corner. 

Seydouba Soumah then made it 3-0 in the 58th minute to wrap up a convincing win for the Persian Gulf side. Soumah recived a pinpoint pass from Abdulaziz Al Enezi on the edge of the box and slotted his shot past Izham Tarmizi.

The visitors, to their credit, kept plugging away and scored a crucial away goal that arguably keeps the tie alive in the 82nd minute through Mohd Amri Yahyah, who netted a superb long range lob over the Al Qadsia goalkeeper.

The teams will do battle again in Malaysia on October 19 in the second leg of the semi-final.