AFC Cup wrap: Al Qadsia on target
By Football News
Al Qadsia won a crucial battle in Group D of the AFC Cup, beating Al Shorta 2-0 away from home on Tuesday.
The Kuwait club began the day level on points with their Syrian rivals, but picked up three valuable points at the Prince Mohammed Stadium in Zarqa.
Second-half goals to Bader Al Mutawa and Omar Al Somah saw Al Qadsia move to 12 points in the group, and virtually secured of a spot in the knockout stages.
Al Ramtha climbed above Shorta into second spot, with a 5-0 thrashing of group cellar-dwellers Ravshan.
Jean Kesse began the rout in the fifth minute, before Mus'ab Al Laham and Mohammad Al Dahoud added to the carnage prior to the interval.
Mohammad Kassas and Bouliguibia Ouattara added goals four and five for the hosts in Jordan.
Al Ramtha are level on nine points with Shorta, although the latter finish the group stages with a clash against point-less Ravshan.
Al Qadsia could theoretically miss out on a knockout-stage spot, should they lose heavily to Al Ramtha and Shorta predictably thrash Ravshan.
In Group C, Iraqi club Duhok confirmed their place in the final rounds with a 2-1 home win over Al Sha'ab Ibb.
Ala'a Abdul Zahra and Mohannad Abdul Raheem scored in the opening 14 minutes, to set up the match-winning advantage.
Duhok are top of the group on 12 points, ahead of Al Faisaly (10 points) - who drew with da nang(seven) 1-1.
Omani side Dhufar led at home on 25 minutes courtesy of a goal to Juma Darwish, but their chances of progressing in the tournament were all but ended when Abdallah Mohannad equalised for the Jordanian outfit.
Group H saw two stalemates on Tuesday - with group leaders East Bengal earning a 2-2 draw at Selangor, and Xuan Thanh Sai Gon held at home 2-2 by Tampines Rovers.
The Indian leaders guaranteed their spot in the knockout stages with the point, while Vietnam's Sai Gon need just a point against the Bengalis to ensure themselves of progression.
Group G leaders Kelantan were shown up 6-1 by Maziya in Kaafu Atoll to throw the section wide open.
The Malaysian side still secured their knockout stage spot, but were well on their way to victory against their Maldives opponents when Mohd Mohd Kamal put them ahead on seven minutes.
But Kelantan midfielder Mohamad Ramli's dismissal on 28 minutes changed the game, and the hosts pounced - finishing in a flurry with their final four goals coming in an 11-minute period.
The win kept alive Maziya's hopes of progression, as they are on seven points - three behind leaders Kelantan (10) and two off Da Nang (seven) in second.
Kelantan are assured of their spot in the next stage, though, given Da Nang and Maziya play one another in the final group game - and a victory to the latter would see the Maldivian side progress.