Al Suwaiq of Oman secured their spot in the main draw of the 2017 AFC Cup after coming from a goal down to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory over Palestine’s Al Khaleel.
Al Khaleel won the first leg of the tie and took a 2-1 advantage into the Al-Seeb Stadium, but with their home fans behind them, the Omanis were not to be denied.
To be fair, they were given a bit of a helping hand from the opposition. Defender Muamen Agbaria was left red-faced when he put the ball into his own net 25 minutes into the match to hand Al Suwaiq the lead.
Forward Mohamed Al Ghassani then scored another for the hosts at the perfect time, seconds before the half-time break, as they took a 3-2 overall advantage.
It needed a response from Al Khaleel, and midway through the second half, Al Nofli delivered, finding the back of the net to get them back on level terms.
But four minutes into injury time, 20-year-old midfielder Osama Al-Shaban turned hero for Al Suwaiq, scoring the decisive goal that put the home side through on aggregate.
Al Suwaiq will line up alongside the likes of Al Jaish and Al Ahli in Group A of the AFC Cup tournament.
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