Manama: Iraq champions Al Shorta extended their unbeaten AFC Cup record to three games after sharing a goalless draw with Bahrain’s Al Hidd at the National Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Shorta were the better side in the first half and created several chances, but the visitors were unable to test Al Hidd goalkeeper Abbas Ahmed.
Having struggled in the final third during the opening 45 minutes, Al Hidd improved after the break.
But despite having the upper hand, Al Hidd failed to find a breakthrough with the majority of the second half played out in the midfield.
Having began their campaign with a goalless draw at home to 2013 AFC Cup finalists Qadsia Sports Club, Al Shorta recorded their first win of the campaign last week after beating Syria’s Al Wahda 3-1.
“The match today was difficult for us and we were hoping to score in order to win. We had a good performance, but at the end of the day we failed to score and therefore we couldn’t win the match,” said Al Shorta coach Lorival Santos (Lorival Alves dos Santos).
“The draw today is not good for us as we were on the top of the group. Al Hidd tried to play with an attacking formation in the second period, but the play was mainly in the midfield and the two sides had to settle for a point today.”
And Hidd, meanwhile, improved to four points from three games after recovering from last week’s 2-0 defeat in Kuwait to add to their 3-1 opening day win over Al Wahda.
“The draw with Al Shorta is like a defeat for us as we were hoping to win especially because we were playing at home and in front of our fans. We tried to put some pressure on Al Shorta but we made some mistake in the midfield,” said Al Hidd coach Adnan Ibrahim.
“Even though there were not many real chances from the two sides, it was an interesting match and both teams tried to steal a victory.
“There is still a chance for us to qualify and we must win in the upcoming matches to maintain our chance.”
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