AFC Cup Quarterfinals First Leg Recap: West Asian clubs triumph away

West Asian clubs ended the night undefeated against their Southeast Asian counterparts, with two clubs cruising to well-deserved away victories ahead of next week's return leg

First Leg

Al-Ettifaq coach Alain Geiger can look to next week's return clash with confidence as his side overcame Indonesian Premier League outfit Arema FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Yahya Al-Shehri and Zamil Al-Sulim in the second half.

Saudi Arabia international Al-Shehri put Al-Ettifaq in front in the 64th minute with a classy solo display when he ran past three opponents before slotting the ball behind Arema goalkeeper Deniss Romanovs.

Substitute Al-Sulim then sealed the result at the death for the The Commandos after finding Arema's defence out of position in a 95th-minute counter-attack, giving Dejan Antonic's men a mountain to climb in the second leg in Dammam.

Syrian franchise Al-Shorta did not show the effects of the domestic league interruption that has lasted since May as they claimed an important 2-1 away win over Thai Premier League giants Chonburi FC.

The hosts opened the scoring just after three minutes when Brazilian striker Thiago Cunha gave his side the lead capitalizing on a long ball from the back, but before the half-time whistle midfielder Oday Jafal and former Santos striker Geilson overturned the result in the 39th and 44th minute respectively.

Chonburi pushed for an equalizer in the second half but some superb saves from Shorta goalkeeper Mahmoud Karkar and the crossbar iced the score for the visitors, who eventually emerged victorious.


Iraqi league champions Arbil could have not asked for a better start of the two-legged tie as they pulverized Malaysian champions Kelantan 5-1 at Franso Hariri Stadium.

Despite ending the first-half level after goals from Halgurd Mulla Mohammed in the 38th minute and a penalty from Badri Radzi three minutes later, the Yellow Castle dominated the whole length of the game and got a deserved reward when goals from Amjad Radhi (50'), Luay Salah (66') and a late brace from Salih Sadir gave them a comfortable advantage ahead of the return leg in Kota Bahru.


Last year's finalists Kuwait SC and 12-time Jordan League winners Al-Wehdat shared the spoils with a goalless draw in the first leg of the quarter-final played at Kuwait City's Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

The home side created the best chances of the game but it wasn't enough to break the deadlock during the 90 minutes as both the teams now will battle for a place in the semi-final next Wednesday's in a do-or-die clash in Ammam.