A late winner from Mohammad Hamadko saw Syria’s Al Jaish sneak their way into the last 16 of the AFC Cup with a 1-0 win over Ahli Al Khalil on Wednesday.
Al Orouba (Oman) 0-4 Air Force Club (Iraq)
Iraq’s Air Force Club notched up a fifth win in six games with a 4-0 demolition of Oman’s Al Orouba.
Hammadi Ahmed was the star performer for the Iraqis, scoring a second-half hat-trick before Syria’s Mouaiad Al Ajaan added a fourth eight minutes from time
Ahmed scored his first from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, his second via a close range-finish four minutes later and his third thanks to a tap-in in the 78th minute.
The victory helps Air Force Club finish well clear at the top of Group C on 15 points, while Al Arouba end bottom with just four points.
The final match from the group between Al Dharia and Al Wahda was postponed, with the winner set to finish second and advance.
Al Jaish (Syria) 1-0 Ahli Al Khalil (Palestine)
A late winner from Mohammad Hamdoko gave Al Jaish an all-important 1-0 victory over Ahli Al Khalil.
Needing a win to leapfrog their opponents into second place in the group and earn the last qualifying spot from Group D, Al Jaish looked to have missed their chance, until Hamdoko’s 85th minute strike saw them secure all three points and finish two points clear of Ahli Al Khalil, who were eliminated from the competition as a result.
Al Muharraq (Bahrain) 1-0 Fanja (Oman)
Al-Muharraq continued their fine AFC Cup form with a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-group Fanja.
A 61st minute strike from Admir Catovic was enough to secure all three points for the men from Bahrain, who finished well clear on top of Group D with 16 points to qualify for the Round of 16.
Fanja, meanwhile, finish bottom of the group, having earned just two points from their six games in the group stages.