Alaaeldin delighted to conjure winning moment for Al Gharafa
Jeddah: Ahmed Alaaeldin was pleased to help Al Gharafa secure their first win in the AFC Champions League™ 2022 after scoring the second goal against Ahal FC to push his side to the top of Group C.
Alaaeldin came on as a substitute after the hour mark and the 29-year-old was a constant threat on the counter as Ahal FC pushed for the equaliser.
The forward forced Ahal FC’s goalkeeper to make two fine stops five minutes from time but made no mistakes in the 87th minute when his right footed strike found the bottom left corner to spark jubilant celebrations.
Substitutes shine for Shahab Al Ahli, Foolad's Nekounam laments poor decisions
Jeddah: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai’s tactician Mahdi Ali has praised his super-subs for their heroics against Foolad Khouzestan FC that earned them a point in Group C of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 after being on the brink of defeat on Sunday.
Foolad looked poised for a first win in the campaign before goal scorer Fede Cartabia from Argentina, assisted by another substitute Yahya Al Ghassani, stepped up to net the equaliser in injury time to cancel out an own goal from Ahmad Noorollahi in the 83rd minute.
Group C: Late drama sees Shabab Al Ahli, Foolad Khouzestan share points
Jeddah: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Foolad Khouzestan in Group C of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Sunday.
Foolad were on track to secure their first win in the campaign when Ahmad Noorollahi scored an own goal in the 83rd minute before Fede Cartabia leveled the score late in the match as both teams shared the points.
Jeddah: Al Gharafa sealed a crucial 2-0 victory over Ahal FC in Group C of their AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Sunday.
There was a sense of urgency from both teams who were fully aware that three points would put them at the summit of the group after Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Foolad Khouzestan drew in the earlier match.
Cheick Diabate headed his first goal of the AFC Champions League 2022 after an hour of play while Alaadin sealed the points three minutes from time.
Group by Group Preview: AFC Champions League™ 2022 (EAST)
Kuala Lumpur: Following fast on the footsteps of the West Zone, the AFC Champions League™ 2022 is set to kick off on April 15, with the five groups spread across Southeast Asia and the action taking place in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
From venues to past encounters, to the players set to make an impact in 2022, the-AFC.com profiles each of the groups.