Jalal-Abad: Kyrgyz Republic’s PFC Neftchi made a winning return to continental action, defeating FC Khujand of Tajikistan 1-0 in the first leg of their 2020 AFC Cup Play-off at Kurmanbek Stadium on Wednesday.
A goal from Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Ihnatenko six minutes after half-time proved decisive on the day, putting the Kyrgyzstan Cup winners 90 minutes away from group stage qualification, with the tie to be decided when Khujand host the second leg next week.
The winners of the two-legged tie will join FC Istiklol, FC Dordoi and Altyn Asyr FC in Group D, which begins on March 11.
AFC Cup 2020 Allianz Goal of the Week: Melvin Platje (Bali United FC)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Bali United FC's Melvin Platje is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2020 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Singapore: Jordan Webb believes that Tampines Rovers’ ability to deal with PSM Makassar’s aerial balls was key in helping them claim a 2-1 victory in their opening 2020 AFC Cup game at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday.
Canadian Webb broke the deadlock for the Singaporean side midway through the first half before Boris Kopitovic added a second in the 64th minute as Tampines looked to be heading for a comfortable victory.
The Indonesian visitors fought back, though, with Ferdinand Sinaga getting on the scoresheet soon after as Makassar sought to salvage a draw, but Tampines were able hold out to get their Group H campaign off to a winning start.
‘Machine-like’ Bali United's strength showed, says Platje
Bali: Melvin Platje believes that Bali United displayed their true strength by coming from a goal down to defeat Vietnam’s Than Quang Ninh 4-1 as they got their 2020 AFC Cup Group G campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday.
Than Quang Ninh were reduced to 10 men early on at Bali’s Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium but the hosts fell behind to Jamaican Jeremie Lynch’s goal and went into the interval trailing despite their man advantage.
But the Indonesian champions came out firing after the restart with Rahmat Syamsuddin equalising almost immediately, before Platje netted a fine volley and a superb curling effort into the top corner either side of an Ilija Spasojevic penalty to complete a resounding win.
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.
Kuwait City: Kuwait SC may have opened their 2020 AFC Cup campaign with a win but head coach Waleed Nassar said his side must improve if they are to enjoy an extended run in the competition.
Abdullah Al Buraiki’s free-kick secured a 1-0 win against Lebanon’s Al Ansar in their Group B opener on Monday but Nassar said he wasn’t completely satisfied with the performance of the three-time champions.