Matchday Four - Group E: Abahani Limited Dhaka 1-1 Aizawl FC
Dhaka: Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh kept themselves tentatively in the race for the Inter-Zonal Semi-finals of the 2018 AFC Cup on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with India’s Aizawl FC at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Aizawl started the brighter of the two sides and almost took the lead in the 16th minute of this Group E encounter, but Alfred Kemah Jaryan saw his attempt cleared off the line in the 16th minute.
Abahani took advantage of that stroke of luck and battled back well, with Sunday Chizoba hitting the frame of the goal from a free-kick in the 21st minute before firing off target from inside the area two minutes later.
The hosts did then manage to take the lead the 31st minute, Emeka Onuoha dusting himself off to convert from the penalty spot after being fouled in the area by Lalram Hmunmawia.
The visitors kept their composure and fought back after the break, however, and Andrei Ionescu earned them a point with a close range finish in the 65th minute.
The point moved Abahani onto four in third place, while Aizawl remain bottom with just one. The status of the top two, New Radiant SC of the Maldives and Indian side JSW Bengaluru, will be confirmed after their later game in Male.