AFC Cup West Zone wrap

There were wins for Al Faisaly, Nafit Al Wasat and Al Ahed while Al Wehdat and Altyn Asyr played out to a dull draw in the West Zone of the AFC Cup on Tuesday.

Al Faisaly 3 – 1 Tripoli

Baha Abdelrahman, Nahar Mohammad and Yaser Al Rawashdeh were all amongst the goals in the opening 45 minutes for Al Faisaly as they beat Tripoli in convincing style.

Abou Bakr Al Mel claimed a consolation goal for Tripoli 11 minutes from time.

Al Faisaly coach Mohammad Al Odali seemed pleased with the intensity his side displayed in the opening 45 minutes but acknowledged that they sat back after the game had been won.

“We controlled the first half and we scored three goals while we could have added more,” said Al Odali.

“In the second period our players didn’t have a good performance because of the big result and that gave the advantage to our opponents.”

The result sees Al Faisaly into second position in Group B with eight points while Tripoli are now in third position with four points.

Al Ahed 1 – 0 Al Hidd

After an hour of edgy football from both sides, Al Ahed’s Mouhamadou Drame broke the deadlock when he received a short pass from Hussein Zein before driving into the area and shooting past Abbas Ahmed in the Al Hidd goal.

That was the only score of the game as Al Ahed surged to the top of Group A with nine points. The Lebanon unit have now won three consecutive games since their opening round loss to Altyn Asyr. Al Hidd are in fourth position in the group with just one point.

Al Ahed coach Robert Jaspert was delighted with the outcome but admitted his side were fortunate to be on the right side of the result.

“There is no doubt that the match was very hard and we were lucky to get this victory and the three important points,” said Jaspert.

“We are happy with the victory but at the same time we didn’t have a good performance.”

FC Istiklol 0 – 1 Nafit Al Wasat

It took 75 minutes for Al Wasat to finally unlock the brave Istiklol defence in what was a poor game of football.

Jasim Mohammed met Nadim Sabag’s low cross from the left to beat Nikola Stosic at his near post in a clinical finish.

The result sees Al Wasat hold onto top spot in Group B with three points. Istiklol are in fourth position with only one point and it is now mathematically impossible for them to advance in the competition.

Altyn Asyr 0 – 0 Al Wehdat

Altyn Asyr were marginally the better side in this game however they failed to make their dominance count in their favour as the match ended without a goal being scored by either side.

For the home team Zafar Babajanov, Suleyman Muhadov and Murat Yakshiyev all had opportunities to hit the back of the net.

For Al Wehdat, opportunities were few and far between. Only Rajaei Ayed threatened Mamed Orazmuhamedov in Altyn Asyr’s goal when he almost tested the keeper with a header halfway through the first period but it was off-target.

The result means that after four rounds, Altyn Asyr occupy second position in Group A with six points. Al Wehdat are still in contention to progress as they sit in third with five points.

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