Beirut: Al Ahed FC head coach Bassem Marmar said his players gave an exceptional second half performance to edge Hilal Alquds 2-1 in their 2020 AFC Cup Group A tie at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium on Monday.
The AFC Cup defending champions found themselves behind after only 15 minutes as Fayeq Mahamid gave the visitors the lead but Tarek El Ali and Ahmed Zreik scored in the second half to give Al Ahed their first win of the year.
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.
Kuwait City: Three-time champions Kuwait SC got their 2020 AFC Cup off to a winning start, defeating Lebanon’s Al Ansar FC 1-0 in the first Group B tie on Monday.
The hosts came into their opening Group B encounter with an eye on maintaining their dominant form against Lebanese sides in the AFC Cup, having won six of their previous eight matches against opponents from Lebanon.
Kuala Lumpur: The 17th edition of the AFC Cup will get underway in the ASEAN Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday with 12 clubs from Southeast Asia set to battle it out.
With 2019's ASEAN Zonal champions Hanoi FC not taking part in this year's edition, the field is open for a new force from the region to rise up.
Powerhouse Ceres Negros, who went close once again to reaching the AFC Champions League through the Play-offs, may well be the favourites to take up Hanoi's crown but it will be no easy task, with the quest for glory joined by 11 other sides representing seven nations.
Kuala Lumpur: The group stage of the 2020 AFC Cup in the ASEAN Zone kicks off on Tuesday as 12 clubs from Southeast Asia prepare to fight for regional bragging rights and a place in the knockout rounds.
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