Phnom Penh: Lao Toyota FC twice came from behind to hold Boeung Ket FC 3-3 in their AFC Cup ASEAN Zone play-off first leg tie at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on Monday.
In a thrilling tie which saw Lao Toyota first trail 1-0 and then 3-1, two goals in the final 11 minutes ensures there is everything still to play for in Friday's return leg.
Rogerio Maycon gave Boeung Ket the lead from the penalty spot in the sixth minute and the home team dominated possession for the better part of the first half.
Kazuo Homma drew Lao Toyota level against the run of play in the 30th minute, which saw a shift in the game as Boeung Ket lost their grip on the match.
They were, however, back in the driver's seat eight minutes into the restart as Maycon scored his second of the night.
It soon became 3-1 as Khuon Laboravy found the back of the net again for Boeung Ket in the 60th minute.
At that stage, it looked like the Cambodian club would take a hefty lead into the return leg but midfielder Frederic Pooda pulled one back for Lao Toyota in the 79th minute.
Kazuo then set the stage for a grand stand finish as he scored his second of the night three minutes from full time.
A stung Boeung Ket tried to find a fourth but it was not to be and Friday's return leg promises to be another thriller.
Muscat: In the West Zone play-off, Al Suwaiq of Oman advanced to the group stage after their return leg against Palestine's Hilal Al Quds Club ended 1-1. Al Suwaiq had won the first leg 1-0 at the Arab American University Stadium in the West Bank last week.
Mohammed Yamin gave Hilal Al Quds a dream start at the Seeb Sports Complex in Muscat, as his effort in the 19th minute levelled the tie on aggregate.
However, Abdulaziz Al Muqbali restored Al Suwaiq's advantage in the 69th minute and Hilal Al Quds hopes of advancing were dashed when Tamer Seyam was shown a second yellow card.
Al Suwaiq will play in Group A alongside two-time defending champions Air Force Club of Iraq, Bahrain's Malkiya Club and Al Jazeera of Jordan.
On Tuesday, India's JSW Bengaluru will take on Transport United of Bhutan in the second leg of their south preliminary round tie.
Bengaluru, the 2016 AFC Cup runners-up, walked away from last week's first leg with a 0-0 result and will be confident of advancing.
TC Sports Club of Maldives will be defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg when they entertain Saif Sporting Club Limited of Bangladesh.
In the Central zone preliminary round, Turkmenistan's FC Ahal took home a comfortable 3-1 lead from the first leg against Dordoi FC of Kyrgyz Republic and will be confident of advancing on Tuesday.