Air Force Club grab late equaliser

Air Force Club scored in injury time to earn a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the AFC Cup quarter-final clash against Al Jaish.

The Iraqi side were 1-0 down and looked sure of defeat until a 99th minute goal from Hammadi Ahmad sent the crowd in the Al Wakrah Stadium into raptures.

After a nervous opening start from both teams, the hosts nearly struck first blood when Osama Ali struck a beautiful curling attempt that was cleared in by the head of Hussain Al Shouaeeb at full stretch.

That proved to be the only realistic chance of the opening half, as neither team impressed on attack.

But the Syrians would finally open the scoring in the 60th minute via Shuaib Al Ali.

A defensive error from Air Force Club saw Mohammad Hamadko pounce and then strike a perfectly weighted ball across the face of goal for a flying Ali to boot in at the far post.

With time against them, Air Force Club sought to look for a long range equaliser on a number of occasions, with Bashar Resan’s curling effort being the best of the bunch, screaming just wide of the right post.

But the hero of the night was undoubtedly Ahmad – who netted his 13th goal of the tournament – with his right footed strike just sneaking inside the post to earn a valuable first-leg draw.

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