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 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.
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 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.
Group D: Erkinov strike takes Pakhtakor past Al Taawoun
Buraidah: Pakhtakor left it late to secure their first win in Group D of the AFC Champions League™ 2022, beating group hosts Al Taawoun FC 1-0 at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium on Sunday.
Fresh from a defeat on Matchday One, Pakhtakor went out to attack the side that needed a late winner in their previous match but it was a story of sparring without a knockout blow until Khojimat Erkinov finally broke the deadlock.
Buraidah: Al Duhail SC got their first win in Group D of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 thanks to Michael Olunga’s late effort in a game that finished 1-0 against Sepahan SC at the King Abdullah Sports City on Sunday.
Al Duhail needed the win following their defeat against group hosts Al Taawoun on the opening matchday, and they duly delivered despite missing a host of chances in the first half, not managing any shots on target though they clicked into gear in the second.