Group F: Nasaf advance to AFC Cup Central Zonal final in style
Dushanbe: FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan sealed their place in the 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal final with a 2-0 win over Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr in their final Group F match on Thursday.
The Uzbek side set up a Central Asia Zonal final tie against Ahal FC of Turkmenistan, while Altyn Asyr are knocked out of the 2021 AFC Cup.
The Uzbek Pro League side went into the game needing just a draw to progress, while Turkmenistan’s champions needed a win to overtake them, yet it wasn’t to be as FC Nasaf kept the pressure up from the get-go.
Preview - Group A: Syria's Al Wahda the first step in Al Ahed's AFC Cup title defence
Manama: Reigning AFC Cup champions Al Ahed FC get their 2021 campaign underway with a levantine derby clash against Syria's Al Wahda on Friday.
With Oman’s Al Nasr SC having withdrawn from the group, the three remaining teams will vie for one spot in the West Asia Zonal semi-finals, with there also being the possibility of the best runners-up going through as the best second-placed team from the three groups.
The two sides most recent meeting was in the 2016 AFC Cup Round of 16 when the Lebanese side beat their opponents 4-0, including a Mohamadou Drame brace in the final minutes, with Al Ahed going on to lose the semi-final against eventual champions, Iraq’s Air Force Club.
Al Ahed, however, won the 2019 title and with the 2020 AFC Cup cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will enter the fray as defending champions.
Kuala Lumpur: With the West Asia Zone of the 2021 AFC Cup set to kick off on Friday, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the stand-out matches from the region's recent history.
Since 2017, the AFC Cup has been regionalised into a Zonal system and, to celebrate the fifth edition of the competition's restructure, we look back at the last four tournaments and highlight one memorable match from each year of the West Zone ahead of its return on May 21.
Kuala Lumpur: The West Asia side of the AFC Cup has provided many moments of magic and stunning strikes to savour and, with the 2021 campaign kicking off on Friday, we review some of the best.
From terrific team goals to amazing acrobatics and fantastic free-kicks, the West Asian clubs have more than contributed their share of memorable AFC Cup highlights.
The-AFC.com turns the clock back to recollect five outstanding entries to the competition's collection ahead of the 2021 AFC Cup's West Zone kick-off on May 21. Don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
Shomurodov, Bala Devi and four Japanese stars: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Super subs, long-range wondergoals and relegation-defying late winners were all on the menu as Asia’s overseas stars enjoyed another bumper week outside of the continent.
Eldor Shomurodov and Maya Yoshida starred in Italy, while Takefusa Kubo made a major impact in Spain and women’s stars from Asia’s two most popular countries made memorable contributions on opposite sides of the globe.
But who deserves this week’s crown? Study our shortlist – based on performances from May 12 to 18 – and cast your vote.
Asian Playoff - 1st Leg: Thailand seal hefty advantage against Iraq
Khor Fakkan: Thailand took a step closer to securing their place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup following a 7-2 win over Iraq in the AFC Playoffs on Thursday.
Kritsada Wongkaeo and Jirawat Sornwichian starred for Thailand in an emphatic victory at the Khor Fakkan Futsal Club Hall in the United Arab Emirates, leaving Iraq with an uphill task going into the return leg on Tuesday.