Shah Alam: India’s East Bengal booked their place in the last 16 of the AFC Cup but squandered an opportunity to seal top spot in Group H as they blew a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Malaysian side Selangor on Tuesday.
Yangon: Nguyen Minh Phuong converted a stoppage-time penalty as Vietnamese champions SHB Da Nang beat Myanmar’s Ayeyawady United 3-2 at the Youth Training Centre on Tuesday to boost their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the AFC Cup.
Sun Hei coach Chiu Chiung Man may not have completely given up on his side’s chances of reaching the knockout stage of the AFC Cup but he intends to give his younger players a run-out when the Hong Kong side takes on Group F leaders New Radiant of the Maldives on Wednesday.
Male: Maldivian side Maziya Sports & Recreation set-up a crunch tie with Vietnam’s SHB Da Nang next week for a place in the last 16 of the AFC Cup after empathically keeping their Group G hopes alive with a 6-1 win over 10-man Malaysian treble winners Kelantan on Tuesday.
Having seen his side held to a surprise draw at home by Maziya Sports & Recreation in February, Kelantan coach Bojan Hodak is understandably wary of the Maldives side ahead of their return match at the National Stadium in Male on Tuesday.
Dutchman Jo Bonfrere will hope to continue the positive start to his reign as Dhofar coach as the Omani cup winners look to keep their AFC Cup campaign alive against fellow Group C contenders Al Faisaly on Tuesday.
East Bengal may be within touching distance of the AFC Cup knockout rounds but the Indian Federation Cup holders are leaving little to chance for their penultimate Group H game against Malaysian side Selangor on Tuesday.
Al Ramtha will aim to keep pace with Group D leaders Al Shorta and Al Qadsia when they take on Tajikistan’s FC Ravshan on Tuesday, knowing a win is needed to maintain their challenge for a place in the knockout stages of the 2013 AFC Cup.
Kuwait City: Defending champions Kuwait Sports Club cruised into the last 16 of the AFC Cup after their maintained the perfect record in Group A of the AFC Cup with a 5-0 trouncing of Tajik side Regar-TadAZ on Wednesday.