AFC Cup West Zone wrap

Here is a breakdown of Wednesday's West Zone results as we get them.

Group C: FC Ahal 0-1 Qadsia SC

Bader Al Motawaa scored the only goal of the game as Qadsia SC reached the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Turkmenistan's Ahal FC.

After losing 2-0 to FC Istiklol last time out, the Kuwaiti played well and took the lead midway through the first-half with a fine goal from striker Al Motawaa.

And although the debutants improved in the second period, it was Qadsia who had the better of the chances and should have added to their tally as they held out for a vital win and will now go into their final group game against last year’s runners-up Arbil of Iraq in a fortnight's time looking to advance to the next phase as group winners.


Group C: Arbil 0-0 FC Istiklol

Arbil crashed out of the AFC Cup after drawing 0-0 with FC Istiklol, leaving the Iraqi side at the bottom of the standings in Group C. 

The Iraqi side needed a win to keep their hopes of advancing alive but could not get the win and the three points.

The draw means Arbil have just four points, four adrift of second-placed Istiklol, who can now advance to the knockout rounds with a draw against Ahal in two weeks' time.


Group D: Nejmeh 1-2 Kuwait SC

Kuwait SC beat Nejmeh 2-1 to confirm their place in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup with Rogerinho scoring a goal in each half.

Rogerinho scored early in each half despite Sy Cheikh levelling for the Lebanese – who were already eliminated from the competition – midway through the first-half. 

With Riffa held to a draw by group leaders Al Jaish in the other game in Group D, the win ensured Kuwait SC sealed their place in the last 16.

Group D: Al Jaish 1-1 Al Riffa

Riffa's hopes of advancing to the Round of 16 ended as the Bahrainis were held to a 1-1 draw by Group D leaders Al Jaish that ensured Kuwait SC advanced alongside the Syrians. 

Sayed Ali Hashem scored in the 72nd minute for Riffa to grab the equaliser after Bassel Moustafa scored in the 36th minute for Al Jaish.

It was not enough for Riffa to qualify for the next round with one game remaining.