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Preliminary Stage 2 - 2nd Leg: Maziya S&R Club 0-0 Abahani Limited Dhaka

Male: Maldives' Maziya Sports & Recreation Club advanced to the 2020 AFC Cup Play-off stage on away goals after playing to a 0-0 draw with Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh in their Preliminary Round 2 return leg tie on Wednesday. 

Having held Abahani to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Dhaka last week, Maziya fancied their chances of advancing and Mario Lemos' side played the perfect game to set up a meeting next week with either India's JSW Bengaluru FC or Paro FC of Bhutan.

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The result was a blow for Abahani, who advanced to last year's Inter Zone semi-finals before losing to DPR Korea's 4.25 SC.

The damage, however, was done in the first leg with Ibrahim Mahudhee Hussain and Cornelius Ezekiel's goals securing a valuable advantage for Maziya.

The winners of the Play-off will advance to Group E alongside Basundhara Kings of Bangladesh, Chennai City FC of India and Maldives' TC Sports Club.

Photos: Abahani Limited Dhaka

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