Berdiev: Physical readiness the key to Nasaf’s AFC Cup success
Dushanbe: Ruzikul Berdiev said his FC Nasaf team’s superior physical condition was a key factor in their decisive 2-0 AFC Cup win against Altyn Asyr on Thursday.
Settled by first half goals from Shohmalik Komilov and Husain Norchaev, the result confirmed Nasaf as Group F winners, with the 2011 champions taking a maximum nine points and three clean sheets from their week in Dushanbe.
Group B: Muharraq Club edge Al Salt to open AFC Cup campaign in style
Amman: Bahrain’s Muharraq Club marked their return to the AFC Cup with a 1-0 victory over Jordan’s Al Salt in Group B on Friday.
The two sides exchanged shy chances in the opening half an hour with Ahmad Sariweh testing the Muharraq goalkeeper Sayed Jaafar with a powerful effort from close range and Ismail Abdullatif responding in kind.
Group C: Late Tishreen goal seals thrilling AFC Cup draw against Kuwait SC
Amman: Kuwait SC kicked off their 2021 AFC Cup Group C campaign with a 3-3 draw against Syria’s Tishreen at Amman International Stadium on Friday.
Three-time winners Kuwait SC went into the game looking for a win to take a first step towards restoring past glories, and could have delivered a win had they held on for another minute before the game ended against Tishreen.
We had to end AFC Cup campaign with a win, says Dordoi’s Krestinin
Bishkek: The result had no bearing on the race for the knockout stage, but FC Dordoi felt a strong desire to finish their 2021 AFC Cup campaign with a win against FC Ravshan, according to head coach Alexander Krestinin.
Eliminated by Monday’s defeat to Ahal, the Kyrgyz Premier League champions were much improved in Thursday’s 3-0 win at Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, with Joel Kojo opening the scoring with his first goal for the club before Abai Bokoleev scored twice in a Player of the Match performance.
Schrock, Etheridge to lead Philippines in Asian Qualifiers
Manila: The Philippines have called up England-based goalkeeper Neil Etheridge for the resumption of their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifying campaign next month.
Etheridge has been named as vice-captain to veteran midfielder Stephan Schrock, who will lead a 26-man squad that includes uncapped Europe-based quartet Gerrit Holtmann, Jesper Nyholm, Raphael Obermair, and Lloyd Fagerlie.