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Group C: Istiqlol Dushanbe 2 – 0 Al Qadisiya

FC Istiklol claimed a memorable 2-0 victory over defending champions Qadsia SC at the Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe.

The result means the Tajikistan champions go above their opponents on the night in the group.

The hosts had the better of the first half without being able to turn their superiority into goals.

The breakthrough came shortly after the interval when Nuriddin Davronov converted from the penalty spot before Manuchehr Dzhalilov doubled their advantage on the hour mark.

Following the match, both sides are on seven points with two matches remaining before the play-offs.


Group A: Al Wahda 1 – 1 Al Wehdat

Mohammad Hamadkou's late goal handed Al Wahda a 1-1 draw against Al Wehdat.

Following the result, both sides are on seven points from their first four games, a single point ahead of Oman's Al Nahda.

Monther Abu Amara scored the opener in the 27th minute but Wehdat were pegged back 27 minutes from time when goalkeeper Amer Shaf was sent off after picking up a second yellow card of the match.

Wahda made good use of their numerical advantage an equalised a minute from full-time when Hamadkou made good connection with a header to beat goalkeeper Hamad Al Asmar.

Wehdat picked up their second red card of the night in the dying moments of the match when Ahmed Elias received a second yellow.


Group D: Nejmeh SC 1 – 1 Al-Rifaa

Nejmeh's hopes of progressing to the knockout phase were dented when they drew with Riffa at home.

The result means the Lebanese side remain bottom of the group six points behind Al Jaish and three behind their opponents on the night Bahrain.

Abbas Atwi put Nejmeh in front in the 22nd minute but they were pegged back by Deeb 10 minutes later.

Whatever hopes the hosts had of getting the victory on the night were quashed when Khaled Takaji was sent off the a second booking just before the half-time interval.


Group C: Erbil 2-3 Ahal

Ahal recorded their first win of the campaign with a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Erbil at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium.

The hosts went into the interval with a 1-0 lead thanks to Younis Mahmoud's opener just before the break. The scores were level shortly after when Zafar Babajanow scored shortly after resumption.

Erbil took the lead again through a Mahmoud penalty 10 minutes later, but with less than 20 minutes to play, Mammedaly Garadanow scored twice in the space of two minutes to give the visitors an unlikely victory.

Despite the loss, Erbil remain one point behind leaders Istiqlol and Al Qadisiya.


Group D: Kuwait SC 0-1 Al Jaish

Al Jaish confirmed their place in the play-offs with a 1-0 victory at Kuwait SC.

Khaled Kogale scored the only goal of the match in the seventh minute to move the Syrian side to the top of the group, three points clear of their opponents of the night on 10 points.

Kogale's strike came when goalkeeper Musab Al Kandari blocked Zakaria Al Kadoor’s long-range free kick but the stopper was only able to parry it to the Syrian striker, who made no mistake from close range.