Wednesday’s AFC Cup West Zone wrap

Several teams were able to ensure qualification to the knockout stages of the AFC Cup in Wednesday’s West Zone action.

Ahli Al Khalil (Palestine) 1-1 Al Muharraq (Bahrain)

Al Muharraq made sure of their place in the knockout stage of the competition as they drew 1-1 with Al Muharraq in their Group D clash.

Admir Catovic gave Al Muharraq the lead in the 33rd minute, but the ever-present Mohamed Saleh equalised for the Palestinians on the hour mark.

The point earned ensured Al Muharraq will finish top of the group, but Ahli Al Khalil aren’t out of the running yet either. They remain in a tussle for second place and the final qualifying spot with Syria’s Al Jaish.

Al Wahda (SYR) vs Al Orouba (OMA)

Al Wahda (Syria) 2-1 Al Orouba (Oman)

Al Wahda remain in the qualification hunt after beating Al Orouba 2-1 in a Group C encounter.

The Syrian side finally opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time after a dominant performance, Reja Rafe putting the finishing touches on a smart move from close range.

Against the run of play, South African forward Lyle Peters equalised for Al Orouba on the hour, but the home side made sure of the victory shortly after thanks to a well-taken penalty from substitute Nassouh Nakkdahli, who took fall advantage after Majed Al Haj was taken down by defender Abdul Al Mukhaini.

Fanja (OMA) vs Al Jaish (SYR)

Fanja (Oman) 0-0 Al Jaish (Syria)

Fanja’s qualifying bid all but came to an end as they drew 0-0 with Al Jaish in a Group D encounter.

The hosts probably had the best chances during the uninspiring encounter, but couldn’t make them count.

The result left the Omani side rooted at the bottom of the group on two points from five matches.

Al Jaish, meanwhile, move to four points, just one point behind second-placed Ahli Al Khalil. Both teams have played only four games and look set to battle it out for the final qualifying spot from the group.

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Air Force Club (Iraq) 4-1 Al Dharia (Palestine)

Air Force Club had far too much firepower for Al Dharia, as they completed a thumping 4-1 victory.

Hammadi Ahmad picked up a brace while Hussein Ali Wahid and Bashar Resan also got their names on the scoresheet.

Ahmed Thiab claimed a late consolation goal for Al Dharia but the match had already been decided by that time.

The victory ensured the Iraqi side will qualify for the last 16, while the Palestinians continue to battle for second spot with Al Wahda and Al Orouba.

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