Bahri proud as Tishreen bow out of AFC Cup in style
Amman: Head coach Maher Bahri hailed his players as Tishreen exited the 2021 AFC Cup with a 5-1 win against Palestine’s Al Ama’ari Center in their last Group C match on Thursday.
Tishreen finished third in the group with the Syrian side recording their first win in the competition thanks to a brace from Thaer Krouma and further goals from Bassel Moustafa, Kamel Koaeh and Mohammad Al Marmour.
Group C: Tishreen beat Al Ama'ari Center to end AFC Cup campaign with a flourish
Amman: Syria’s Tishreen bowed out of the 2021 AFC Cup on a high, recording an emphatic 5-1 victory against Palestine’s Al Ama’ari Center in the final game of Group C on Thursday as both sides were eliminated from the competition.
Tishreen dominated from the start and looked determined to end their campaign with a flourish. An early Kamel Koaeh effort that was saved by Al Ama’ari Center goalkeeper Ahmad Madanieh inside 10 minutes showed a sign of things to come.
A poor clearance for Madanieh allowed the Syrians to win possession deep inside their opponents half and Khaled Kurdaghli whipped a cross that was headed away by the Palestinian defence but only as far as Thaer Krouma, who rifled on the half-volley into the bottom corner to open Tishreen’s account in the 17th minute.
Group C: Kuwait SC edge Al Faisaly for AFC Cup West Zonal Semi-final ticket
Amman: Ahmed Akaichi's second half goal steered Kuwait SC to a 1-0 win over Al Faisaly of Jordan, sealing them a place in the 2021 AFC Cup West Zonal Semi-finals as Group C winners on Thursday.
Kuwait SC will play Jordan's Al Salt, who advanced as the best second-placed team, in the West Zonal semi-finals while Lebanon's Al Ahed will face Al Muharraq of Bahrain.
With the two sides going into the game separated by two points, three-time champions Kuwait SC needed a win to snatch the lead of the group and they duly delivered against a host side that lacked the clinical efficiency needed to secure the points.
Group B: Al Salt cruise past Balata Center to seal spot in AFC Cup knockout stage
Amman: Jordan’s Al Salt qualified for the 2021 AFC Cup West Zonal semi-finals after romping to a 5-0 victory against Palestine’s Balata Center on Matchday Three to finish second in Group B on Thursday.
The result means Al Salt finished second behind Muharraq, who topped the group on the head-to-head record, but Al Salt’s goal-difference of +5 put them ahead of compatriots Al Faisaly as the best runners-up as they joined Muharraq, Al Ahed and Kuwait SC in the West Zonal semi-finals, with Al Salt playing Kuwait SC next.
Group B: Muharraq Club continue AFC Cup adventure in style
Amman: Bahrain’s Muharraq Club sealed a place in the West Zonal semi-finals with an emphatic 3-1 victory over Lebanon’s Al Ansar on Matchday Three of the 2021 AFC Cup Group B on Thursday.
Muharraq finished on six points, the same with Al Salt but ahead on head-to-head after having beaten the Jordanian side 1-0 in their earlier encounter. Al Salt sealed their place in the semi-finals as the best second-placed team after defeating Palestine's Balata Centre 5-0.
Al Muharraq will face 2019 champions Al Ahed of Lebanon in the West Zonal semi-finals while Al Salt will play Kuwait SC.
Seoul: After more than a year and a half away, Group H of the Asian Qualifiers is set to resume on June 5 as the four teams take to the centralised venue of Goyang.
Star-studded hosts Korea Republic will undoubtedly begin as favourites, although Lebanon held the Taeguk Warriors earlier in the campaign while an ever-improving Turkmenistan already have points on the board, too. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are still aiming to get off the mark.
With plenty to play for over what promises to be an action-packed two weeks, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the story so far, the teams and players involved, and much more.