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Wad Alness 1-1 Al Jazeera (Group B)

A stoppage-time equaliser from captain Sameeh Abuhammad saw domestic champions Taraji Wadi Al Nes secure Palestine’s first-ever point in the AFC Cup after claiming a 1-1 draw against Jordan’s Al Jazeera at Faisal Al Huseni Stadium. Al Jazeera went in front afterm30 minutes when midfielder Ra’ed Fraeh headed the ball home after an error by goalkeeper Tawfiq Abuhammad. But despite dominating the second half, the Jordanians could not kill the game off and were made to pay deep into added time when striker Sameeh Abuhammad acrobatically volleyed a mishit clearance into the back of the net.

Al Shorta 2-2 Al Hidd (Group B)
Goals from Brazilian striker Rico and substitute Jasim Ayyash helped Bahrain’s Al Hidd come from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw with Iraqi champions Al Shorta at Grand Hamad Stadium.  Al Shorta got off to the perfect start with a Waleed Salim penalty and a strike from captain Amjed Kalaf putting them two goals up within the first 15 minutes before Rico pulled one back for the away side just before the half hour.  And when substitute Ayyash levelled things up in first half stoppage-time it appeared as though more goals would follow in the second period but good defending kept the score at 2-2.

Kuwait SC 4-1 Nejmeh (Group D)
Kuwait SC began their campaign in confident fashion with a 4-1 win over Lebanese champions Nejmeh. Ahmad Al Saqer opened the scoring for the hosts on 16 minutes but they were pegged back five minutes before half-time by Sy Cheikh’s equaliser for the visitors. In the second half Kuwait SC scored three times more through Hussain Hakem, Chadi Hammami and Ahmad Dhahi to put the result beyond doubt. 

Warriors FC 1-3 Persipura Jayapura (Group E)
A dominant attacking display in the first-half by Indonesia’s Persipura Jayapura gave them a 3-1 victory over Singapore’s Warriors FC at Jalan Besar Stadium. Persipura’s attacking play translated into goals for Lancine Kone and Boaz Salossa in the first half, with Nelson Alom adding a third just before the hour mark. Andy Ahmad pulled one back for the hosts midway in the second half, but it was not enough as the Indonesian side bagged three points.

JSW Bengaluru FC 2-1 Maziya Sports & Recreation (Group E)
Shankar Sampingiraj headed home in the third minute of injury time as AFC Cup debutants Bengaluru from India edged out Maldivian side Maziya Sports & Recreation Club 2-1 in Group E at Sree Kanterava Stadium.  A header by captain Sunil Chhetri seven minutes after the hour mark looked to have been enough to claim all three points for the Indian champions only for Mohamed Umair to convert an 89th minute penalty for the visitors.

Kitchee 3-0 Balestier Khalsa FC (Group F)
Kitchee routed competition new boys Balestier Khalsa of Singapore 3-0 at Mong Kok Stadium. Kitchee midfielder Xu Deshuai opened the scoring on 20 minutes, with Ngan Lok Fung doubling the lead midway through the second half and Jordi Tarres sealing the victory seconds before the end of normal time.

Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-1 Kingfisher East Bengal (Group F)
Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim had a convincing 4-1 victory over Kingfisher East Bengal of India in their Group F opener. Nazrin Nawi’s opened the scoring for the hosts on nine minutes but the goal was cancelled out by Ranti Martins on 35 minutes only for Safiq Rahim to put Johor in front once again three minutes later from the penalty spot to give them the lead at the interval. Suppiah Chanturu’s goal two minutes into the second half gave Johor breathing space and the result was all but sewn up on 52 minutes as Safee Sali scored the home side’s fourth and final goal.

Al Wahda 1-2 Al Nahda (Group A)

Al Wehdat 5-1 Salam Zgharta (Group A)