AFC Champions League; Group A,C
Al Ain: A last-gasp equaliser from Omar Al Soma saw Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia claim a dramatic 2-2 draw with Al Ain in the 2017 AFC Champions League on Tuesday to remain top of Group C.
Ismail Ahmed had sent the home crowd at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium into raptures after just six minutes when he prodded home following Omar Abdulrahman’s knockdown header, only for Al Ahli to level before the break as Al Soma headed home from a corner.
Al Ain enjoyed plentiful opportunities after the restart and Abdulrahman had appeared to clinch the tie for the hosts late on, scoring an 86th-minute penalty after Al Soma was adjudged to have handled. But the Syrian forward was to have the final laugh as he volleyed home a low shot from the edge of the area to ensure a share of the spoils.
The point means table-toppers Al Ahli stay two clear of Al Ain, who dropped to third place in the Group C standings after Zobahan's 2-1 victory over bottom side Bunyodkor helped the Iranian team move into second place and eliminated their Uzbek opponents.
Al Ain (UAE) 2-2 Al Ahli (KSA) REPORT
Al Taawoun (KSA) 1-3 Al Ahli (UAE) REPORT
Buraidah: Makhete Diop scored twice as Al Ahli from the United Arab Emirates joined the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal at the summit of Group A of the 2017 AFC Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun.
Diop scored from close range in the 37th minute before Everton Ribeiro’s curling free-kick from close to the bye-line doubled the lead just ahead of the half-time break and Diop added a third 13 minutes into the second half following a poor clearance by goalkeeper Fahad Al Shammari.
Alassane N’Diaye reduced Al Taawoun’s arrears from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, but Cosmin Olariou’s side cruised to a win that moves them on to seven points with two games left. Al Taawoun remain on four points and level with Lokomotiv.
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