Physical strength powered Air Force Club into AFC Champions League group stage, says Odisho
Mecca: Head coach Ayoub Odisho said the physical ability of his players was key in Air Force Club's penalty shootout victory against Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda FC in their 2021 AFC Champions League playoff at the King Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium on Wednesday.
Air Force found themselves trailing to Youssoufou Niakate's goal after 24 minutes but second half substitute Aymen Hussein's dramatic equaliser in the second minute of added time forced the match into extra time and then the penalty shootout, which the Iraqi side won 3-2.
The win means Air Force Club join UAE’s Sharjah FC, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor and Pakhtakor FC of Uzbekistan in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League in Sharjah.
Ten Cate pleased as Al Wahda fight back for AFC Champions League group stage slot
Abu Dhabi: Head coach Henk ten Cate was a proud man after seeing his Al Wahda FSCC side come from behind to defeat Iraq’s Al Zawraa in their 2021 AFC Champions League playoff at the Al Nahyan Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dutch coach, who returned to the UAE club last month, found his side trailing one minute into the second half when Alaa Abdulzahra gave Al Zawraa the lead despite Al Wahda having dominated the first period.
However, Al Wahda equalised through 2017 AFC Player of the Year Omar Khrbin in the 62nd minute before Ibrahim Khalil fired the winning goal in the 77th to take his team into Group E, joining Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC, Qatar’s Al Rayyan SC and FC Goa of India.
Air Force Club beat Al Wehda on penalties to confirm AFC Champions League group stage spot
Mekkah: Iraq’s Air Force Club beat Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda FC 3-2 on penalties after 120 minutes ended in a 1-1 draw at King Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in the 2021 AFC Champions League playoff on Wednesday.
The three-time AFC Cup winners left it late to find the back of the net, cancelling Al Wehda’s first-half goal and taking the game to an extra 30 minutes where the two teams could not be separated.
With this win Air Force Club join UAE’s Sharjah FC, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor and Pakhtakor FC of Uzbekistan in Group B of the 2021 AFC Champions League taking place in Sharjah.
AGMK sink Al Gharafa in extra time to seal AFC Champions League group stage ticket
Doha: A last gasp winner from Jovan Djokić secured a slice of history for AGMK FC, sending the Uzbekistan Super League club to the AFC Champions League group stage for the first time with a dramatic 1-0 extra-time victory over Qatar’s Al Gharafa on Wednesday.
Djokić broke through after nearly two hours of a tense but goalless football, with Mirjalol Kasimov’s side missing several chances before finally booking their place in the main draw.
AGMK will join Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal SFC, Shabab Al Ahli of UAE and Tajikistan's FC Istiklol in Group A, which begins in Riyadh next Thursday while Al Gharafa’s participation comes to an abrupt end.
Club Eagles defeat Thimphu City to keep AFC Cup group stage dream alive
Male: Goals from Hassan Raif Ahmed and Mohamed Naim proved decisive as Club Eagles of the Maldives eliminated Bhutan’s Thimphu City with a 2-0 win in the 2021 AFC Cup Preliminary Stage on Wednesday.
Raif Ahmed opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but the hosts had to withstand a second-half recovery from Thimphu before Naim confirmed his side’s progress with a superb late free-kick.
The result extends Club Eagles’ bid to qualify for the group stage, with another sudden death tie against Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh to follow next Wednesday, while Thimphu’s continental campaign is over as quickly as it begun.