AFC Cup: Al Qadsia 2 Al Faisaly 1
By Football News
Al Qadsia will take a slim lead into their AFC Cup semi-final second leg against Al Faisaly after winning the first game 2-1 on Wednesday.
The hosts looked to be home and hosed after going two goals up midway through the second half.
However, a late, and potentially crucial, away goal for the visitors ensured they remain firmly in the tie ahead of the second leg in Jordan later this month.
Al Qadsia went ahead after Saif Alhashan played in Michel Simplicio who did well to evade his marker inside the box.
Simplicio then kept cool to cut the ball across from the right, allowing Khaled Alqahtani an easy tap-in at the far post 38 minutes in.
Mesad Nada then wasted a glorious opportunity to extend the lead when he skied a penalty over the bar midway through the second half.
However, Nada made amends 13 minutes from time as he doubled his side's advantage.
Again it was a simple finish for the hosts, as Nada calmly tapped home from close range after Abdulelah Al Hanahneh had parried Fahed Al Ebrahim's shot from the right.
However, there was a sting in the tail when Rodrigo Roberto de Souza scored an away goal for Al Faisaly late on, finishing emphatically from inside the area after Yousef Raed had jinked his way into the box and produced a cutback.