AFC: Asian competition returns with Cup quarter-finals
The quarter-final, first leg ties in the AFC Cup, Asian football’s second-tier competition, were played today.
The first match of the day saw Iraqi side Arbil Sports Club take a crucial 2-1 lead from Indonesian outfit Persipura Jayapura who had home advantage today but didn’t make the most of it. Nabeel Sabah and Muslim Mubarak were on the score sheet for the Iraqis with Zah Rahan Krangar pulling one back for the hosts with eight minutes of the game remaining. The second game was a contentious affair involving Thailand’s Chonburi FC and Uzbekistan’s Nasaf Quarshi FC, both of whom had a player sent off. The only goal of the game came just three minutes into the second half with Montenegrin forward Ivan Bošković hitting the target and proving to be the difference between the two teams.
It proved not to be a particularly great day for Thai clubs as Muangthong United also lost in their match away at Al-Kuwait with Rogerinho’s 76th minute strike separating the two sides with the second leg to be played in a fortnight’s time. The final game of the day came in Jordan where Al-Wehdat overcame the challenge of Iraqis Duhok SC with Mahmoud Shelbaieh’s hat-trick in the last ten minutes of the game giving the home side a comfortable advantage to take into the return fixture.