Manama: Kuwait’s Qadsia SC got their 2020 AFC Cup to a winning start, edging out Bahrain’s Riffa SC 2-1 in the opening match of Group C on Tuesday.
The Kuwaitis came out of the blocks racing with Abullah Mawi hitting the woodwork inside eight minutes. The midfielder rose highest to head Oday Dabbagh’s free-kick, beating the goalkeeper but was denied by the post.
Mahdi Darwish responded for the hosts, drilling an angled effort in an attempt to beat goalkeeper Khalid Al Rashidi at his near post, but the Qadsia custodian was alert and made a fine save in the 18th minute.
Bali: Melvin Platje scored a second half brace as Bali United bounced back from going a goal down to hand 10-man Than Quang Ninh a 4-1 defeat on Tuesday as the Indonesians made a winning start to their 2020 AFC Cup campaign.
Jeremie Lynch had given Than Quang Ninh the lead after Andre Fagan’s early sending off for the Vietnamese visitors, only for Bali to rally in the second half with four unanswered goals to earn Emral Abus’s side a comprehensive win to open their account in Group G.
Beirut: Title holders Al Ahed SC came from behind to secure a 2-1 home win against Hilal Alquds on Matchday One of the 2020 AFC Cup Group A on Monday.
In their second consecutive AFC Cup campaign, Hilal Alquds arrived to the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium hopeful of maintaining their positive record against Lebanese teams in the competition, having defeated Nejmeh SC in both legs at the group stage last season.
Amman: Syria’s Al Wathba earned a valuable point on their AFC Cup debut, holding Jordan’s Al Faisaly to a 0-0 draw on Matchday One of Group B on Monday.
Becoming the seventh different Syrian team to feature in the AFC Cup, Al Wathba knew a tough challenge awaited them against Jordanian powerhouse Al Faisaly at the Amman International Stadium.
The hosts came racing out of the blocks as they looked to manifest their superiority against the debutants. Within two minutes, Polish forward Lukasz Gikiewicz was through on goal following Ehsan Haddad’s cross, but Al Wathba goalkeeper Hussain Rahal stepped out and smothered the ball.
Zonal champions the target, says Yangon’s Mg Mg Lwin
Yangon: Maung Maung Lwin has revealed that Yangon United are going into the 2020 AFC Cup with their eyes firmly fixed on becoming the ASEAN Zonal champions ahead of their opening Group F game against Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City FC on Tuesday.
On the forward’s maiden AFC Cup campaign, in 2018, Yangon advanced all the way to the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals before a narrow defeat at the hands of Ceres Negros of the Philippines.
After a disappointing group stage exit last year, though, the Myanmar National League side are looking for an improved showing this time round and Maung Maung Lwin believes they have what it takes to be the best in Southeast Asia.