Manama: Bahrain’s Al Riffa booked their spot in the West Zone semi-finals after a 6-1 win over Nejmeh SC of Lebanon in Group C of the AFC Cup™ 2023/24 at the Khalifa Sports City Stadium on Monday.
Komail Al Aswad’s first half strike separated the two sides heading into the break before goals from Majdi Attar, Joel Vinicius, Vinicius Vargas and a brace from Hashim Sayed Isa sealed the three points and a spot in the knockout round for Al Riffa after Iraq's Al Zawra’a settled for a 1-1 draw with Al Arabi SC of Kuwait in the other Group C tie.
Round 2 - Group H: Bahrain 0-2 United Arab Emirates
Riffa: United Arab Emirates were forced to work hard for a 2-0 win over Bahrain in their Preliminary Joint Qualification - Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ tie on Tuesday.
The win at the Bahrain National Stadium maintained UAE’s perfect start to their Group H campaign, sitting three points ahead of Bahrain and Yemen.
Preview - Group H: Nepal v Yemen; Bahrain v United Arab Emirates
Riffa: Bahrain and United Arab Emirates will face off in what is sure to be an enticing Preliminary Joint Qualification - Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Group H tie on Tuesday.
Both teams got their campaigns off to winning starts on Matchday One and victory in Riffa will mean an early advantage in the race to advance to the third round.
Abha: Bahrain defeated Yemen 2-02 in Group H of their Preliminary Joint Qualification - Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ tie on Thursday.
Mohamed Marhoon struck the opener before Harwan Al Zubaidi conceded an own goal in the second half to give Bahrain the three points heading into their next fixture against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday with Yemen facing Nepal.
Dubai: United Arab Emirates will expect to advance from Group H of the Preliminary Joint Qualification - Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ which kicks off on Thursday.
The West Asian side fell at the fourth stage of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and will be determined to qualify for the 2026 edition.
Kuala Lumpur: Bahrain are optimistic of their knockout stage chances after being drawn in Group E of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™.
Assistant coach Ahmed Alamrei described the draw as balanced, expressing confidence that Bahrain had every chance of advancing to the Round of 16 from a group that also consists former winners Korea Republic, Malaysia and Jordan.
West Asia Wrap: Al Hilal on cruise control, Al Wasl and Al Sadd win big
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC remained unbeaten after defeating Al Fateh 2-0, while Al Nassr stayed hot on their heels with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way in their victory over Al Khaleej in the Saudi Pro League 2023/24.
League leaders Al Hilal moved four points clear over second placed Al Nassr, who leapfrogged Al Taawoun, following the conclusion of Matchday Ten.
There was also action in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq and Jordan, so join the-AFC.com as we review the past week’s domestic action across West Asia.
West Asia Wrap: Al Hilal stay firmly in control; Al Rayyan, Al Najma reach summit
Riyadh: Leaders Al Hilal SFC remained unbeaten following their 1-0 win over Al Khaleej, while Cristiano Ronaldo continued to grab the headlines after his dramatic free-kick sealed the points for Al Nassr against Damac in the Saudi Pro League 2023/24.
Al Hilal opened up a three-point lead over Al Taawoun, who shared the spoils with defending champions Al Ittihad, following the conclusion of Matchday Ten.
There was also action in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, so join the-AFC.com as we review the past week’s domestic action across West Asia.
Impressive wins for IR Iran, Japan, Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan and Korea Republic flexed their muscles with impressive performances in international friendly matches on Tuesday.
Australia defeated New Zealand 2-0, Saudi Arabia lost 3-1 to Mali while Tajikistan lifted the Merdeka Tournament title after a 2-0 win over hosts Malaysia.
Several other Asian teams were in action in their buildup to Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ Preliminary Joint Qualification so join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the results.