Kuwait SC put Kitchee to the sword

Highlights – Abahani Limited Dhaka vs 4.25 SC

Kuwait SC proved far too strong for Hong Kong’s Kitchee in the first leg of their AFC Cup quarter-final on Wednesday evening, completing a resounding 6-0 drubbing.

The Three-time AFC Cup champions were heavy favourites ahead of the contest in Kuwait City, and it soon became clear there was to be no upset for newly appointed Kitchee coach Abraham Aliaga's men.

Rogerinho scored twice for Kuwait, while Fahad Al Enezi, Chadi Hammami, Vinicius Lopes and Ali Al Kandari all found the target as well.

The opener came in the 12th minute courtesy of Rogerinho, who pounced when the Kitchee keeper misread Fahad Shaheen’s long punt forward, and knocked the ball into a wide open net.

Kitchee might have levelled the scores moments later, but Musan Al Kandari in goal proved equal to Juan Belencoso's strike.

Kuwait went 2-0 up when Abdullah Al Buraiki provided the perfect assist for Al Enezi to get behind the defence and score with a low shot.

Deep into first-half stoppage time, the home side got their third, with Hammami forcing Al Buraiki's cross from the left over the line via a deflection off the defence.

Rogerinho bagged his second early in the second half, completing a move started by Hammami and carried on by Al Buraiki.

Eight minutes from time, a foul by Guo resulted in a penalty from the spot, which Vinicius duly converted to give his team their fifth.

And Kitchee would again concede in stoppage time as Al Kandari's first-time finish found the target to complet the rout.