Male: Ali Ashfaq scored his second hat-trick in the AFC Cup this season as Maldivian champions New Radiant qualified for the last 16 as Group F winners on goal difference after downing Indonesia’s Persibo 6-1 on Wednesday.
Hong Kong: Spanish striker Jordi Tarres scored a hat-trick as Hong Kong’s Kitchee sent out an ominous warning to AFC Cup last 16 opponents Kelantan with a 5-0 demolition of Singapore’s Warriors FC in Group E on Wednesday.
Padang: Liberian striker Edward Junior Wilson took his AFC Cup tally to eight with a superb double as unbeaten Group E winners Semen Padang downed India’s Churchill Brothers 3-1 on Wednesday.
The identity of the top two teams in Group F of the AFC Cup may already have been decided but there will still be plenty to play for in the final round of group games on Wednesday as both Yangon United of Myanmar and New Radiant of the Maldives battle it out for top spot.
Salalah: A first-half header by Nasser Al Shamli proved the difference as Omani side Dhofar ended their AFC Cup campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Yemen’s Al Shaab Ibb on Tuesday.
Amman: Abdallah Al Attar scored the only goal midway through the first half as two-time AFC Cup winners Al Faisaly leapfrogged Duhok to qualify for the last 16 as Group C winners after edging out the Iraqi side 1-0 on Tuesday.
Da Nang: Sebastian Gaston Merlo was the hero as SHB Da Nang notched up a 3-1 win over Maziya, booking their place in the knockout rounds of the AFC Cup thanks to the Argentinian striker’s hat-trick.
Kuwait City: Despite blowing a two-goal half-time lead, Kuwaiti league champions Al Qadsia still booked their spot in the last 16 of the AFC Cup as Group D winners after a 2-2 draw with Jordanian side Al Ramtha on Tuesday.
Singapore: Amri Yahyah netted his second goal of the match 16 minutes from time as Malaysian side Selangor booked their passage into the knockout stage of the AFC Cup with a 3-2 win over Singapore champions Tampines Rovers at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.
Kota Bharu: Kelantan sealed top spot in Group G of the AFC Cup as goals by Obinna Nwaneri, Nik Shahrul Azim and Badhri Radzi gave the Malaysian treble winners a 3-1 win over Myanmar Cup holders Ayeyawady United on Tuesday.