AFC Cup wrap

Find all the results to all the AFC Cup qualification matches right here as a number of teams compete ferociously to play in the famous continental competition.

This year’s AFC Cup qualifying stages are well underway, with teams from all around Asia battling to claim the eight remaining spots on one of Asian club football’s biggest stages.

Dordoi FC 1-1 Balkan FC

Dordoi FC and Balkan FC drew 1-1 in their AFC Cup Preliminary encounter on Tuesday, leaving the tie evenly balanced ahead of next week’s second leg.

After a goalless first half at the Akhmatbek Suyinbaev Stadium in the Kyrgyz Republic, it was Turkmenistan’s Balkan who drew first blood as Nurtagan Mammedaliyev opened the scoring in the 69th minute.

However, Dordoi forward Alisher Azizov found a potentially crucial equaliser nine minutes later to leave both sides with all to play for come the return fixture in Turkmenistan on the seventh of February.

Colombo FC 1-2 Mohun Bagan

India’s Bagan travelled to Sri Lanka to face Colombo in the first leg of this AFC Cup Preliminary Stage encounter.

Bagan secured a 2-1 win to hand themselves a valuable advantage going into next week’s second leg.

Bagan’s Kean Lewis opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a fine header.

The hosts roared back courtesy of Afeez Olofin’s equalising goal some 30 minutes into the game. It was a very fortunate strike though. He meant for it to be a cross but it looped over the keeper!

The Kolkata-based club were to bag a winner in the second half as Sehnaj Singh found the net on 70 minutes to secure the advantage for the visitors. He pounced on a lovely cross from Shouvik Ghosh.

Colombo will still consider themselves to be in contention for a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage ahead of the return fixture in Kolkata on the seventh of February.

Shaheen Asmayee 0-1 FC Hosilot

Tajik debutants FC Hosilot opened their AFC Cup Preliminary Stage campaign with a 1-0 win over Afghanistan’s Shaheen Asmayee at the Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe on Tuesday.

Tajikistan international Ibragim Rabimov scored the game’s only goal on 35 minutes to ensure the 2016 Tajik League runners-up advance to the second leg on February 7, also to be held at the Republican Central Stadium, with their noses in front.

Beoungket Angkor FC 1-1 Lao Toyota FC

Cambodia’s Beoungket Angkor FC drew 1-1 with Lao Toyota FC of Laos.

The hosts opened the scoring on the 17th minute mark thanks to a goal by skipper Khuon Laboravy, before Lao Toyota levelled matters with a Vongdalasene Sayoulasouk strike just six minutes later.

For the second leg in Laos, Beoungket will be without goalkeeper Sou Yaty, who collected a straight red card, and defender Sun Sovannrithy, who was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Thimphu City 0-0 Club Valencia

Both Bhutan’s Thimphu City and Club Valencia from the Maldives lacked quality in front of goal on Tuesday as their AFC Cup Preliminary Stage encounter ended in a 0-0 draw at the Changlimithang Stadium.

The tightly contested affair leaves the tie evenly balanced ahead of next week’s second leg at the National Stadium in Male.

Fans will be hoping for more goal scoring endeavor.