AFC Cup: Al Faisaly 2 Kitchee 1 (4-2 agg)
By Football News
Al Faisaly strengthened their bid for a third AFC Cup crown with a 2-1 second-leg win over Hong Kong's Kitchee in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Al Faisaly, who lifted the trophy in 2005 and 2006, kept their title push alive with the triumph in Amman, which helped them to a 4-2 aggregate win.
After winning the first encounter 2-1 on the road, the Jordanian outfit would have been confident of progression given their home record in the competition.
They had won their last three AFC Cup matches at their own ground and that run looked like being extended when they took an early lead.
Khaldoon Al Hamdan was the scorer, heading in a cross in the 18th minute, just after prolific Kitchee forward Jordi Tarres fired over.
Abdullah Al Attar went close to doubling their lead before Abdelhadi Al Maharmeh did just that, scoring from outside the penalty area on the verge of half-time to give the winners a 4-1 aggregate lead.
And although Kitchee pulled a goal back in the 54th minute thanks to Huang Yang's curling effort, it was not enough, as Al Faisaly hung on for victory, much to the delight of their fans.
Al Faisaly will now play Al Qadsia of Kuwait in the last four of the competition.