West Zonal Semi-final - 1st Leg: Al Jaish 3-0 Al Jazeera
Arad: A brace from Bassel Moustafa and a late Mohammed Al Wakid strike earned 10-man Al Jaish an emphatic 3-0 victory over Jordan’s Al Jazeera in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Semi-finals on Tuesday.
Al Jazeera were hopeful of taking home a result that could help them reach the West Zonal final for the second time running, but they faced the challenge of an Al Jaish side that had not lost in their last eight AFC Cup games.
The Jordanians started brightly and were in complete control for the first 25 minutes, threatening first through Abdullah Al Attar’s header which narrowly missed the target, then through Omar Al Manasrah’s long range strike.
Amman: Al Ahed coach Bassem Marmar says his side needs to guard against complacency when they host Al Wehdat in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Semi-finals next week.
The Lebanese side had stunned their hosts, defending resiliently and snatching a goal in the final quarter of an hour to earn a valuable 1-0 win in Amman on Monday.
Goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil starred as Al Ahed weathered a storm of attacks, and Al Wehdat striker Baha Faisal hit the woodwork, but it was Mohammad Kdouh who settled the match with a header to send his side into the second leg with a crucial lead.
Amman: Mohammed Kdouh’s fifth goal of the competition was the difference as Al Ahed stunned Al Wehdat 1-0 in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Semi-final on Monday.
Both sides looked to improve on their most recent AFC Cup campaigns. Al Ahed had been eliminated at the same stage last year whereas Al Wehdat suffered the same fate in 2017 and missed out on the 2018 AFC Cup.
Al Wehdat came racing out of the blocks, and within three minutes, they had their first sight of goal.
AFC Cup 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Mamunul Islam
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Abahani Dhaka Limited's Mamunul Islam is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
ASEAN Zonal Semi-final - 1st Leg: Ceres Negros 1-1 Hanoi FC
Balaclod: Hanoi FC recovered from a goal behind to earn a 1-1 away draw against Ceres Negros FC in the first leg of their AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal semi-final on Tuesday.
Risto Vidakovic’s side took the lead through Bienvenido Marańon just before the hour mark, but the visitors returned fire through Senegalese forward Pape Omar Faye to earn a share of the spoils and a potentially vital away goal at Panaad Stadium.
The two sides will meet again at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium next Tuesday, with the winners to advance to the ASEAN Zonal final.