The curtain has come down on the group stage matches of the AFC Champions League “Western Division”; With 4 matches on Wednesday, April 27, for the first and fifth groups of the continental championship.
Qatar’s Al Rayyan is satisfied with qualifying as runners-up despite its victory over Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia
Qatar’s Al Rayyan scored two goals, signed by South Korean defender Hyun Soo Jang and Ivorian striker Yohan Boli, at the 5th and 43rd minutes, respectively, to achieve “Al Raheeb” a 2-0 victory over Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, in a match hosted by “Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium” in the Saudi capital. Riyadh, drawing the 6th (last) round of the first group matches of the AFC Champions League.
Al-Rayyan raised its score to 13 points from 6 matches, occupying second place behind Al-Hilal, “the title holder”, with a difference in direct confrontations, with Al-Hilal’s previous victory in the two teams’ match in the first leg, 3-0.
And for the account of the same group, Istiklal Dushanbe of Tajikistan settled its match against Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, by winning 2-0, to end the group stage, occupying fourth place on the ladder of the first group with 3 points, two points ahead of Sharjah third (5 points).
Qatar’s Al Sadd ends its AFC Champions League campaign with an honorable victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisaly
In Group E, Qatar’s Al-Sadd defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisaly 1-0, and the only goal of the match was signed by Qatari defender Pedro Miguel at the 45+2 minute.
The match was held on the grounds of the “Prince Muhammad bin Fahd” stadium in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and it was the conclusion of the group competitions, in which the Uzbek Nasaf team ranked second; They tied 2-2 with Jordan’s Al Wehdat earlier on Wednesday, April 27th.
Nasaf took the lead twice, but Al-Wehdat equalized on both occasions; By scoring two goals, carrying the signature of Ghanaian professional Muhammad Anas and Jordanian midfielder Muhannad Abu Taha, so that the two teams shared the points of the match that announced the farewell of Jordan’s representative to the tournament.
Al-Wehdat raised its score to 6 points, and fell to the fourth (last) place on the group ladder, after Al-Sadd defeated Al-Faisaly, while Nasaf ranked second in the group’s standings with 9 points, behind by direct confrontations ahead of Al-Faisaly, the leader, and two points behind Al-Sadd third .
The contract of the Western group qualifiers to the AFC Champions League final has been completed
At the end of the group stage for the Western Division, Qatar’s Al Rayyan, UAE’s Al Ahly Dubai, and Uzbekistan’s Nasaf secured their qualification to the final price as the best 3 teams ranked second in the five groups, while Al Hilal, Al Shabab, Al Faisaly of Saudi Arabia, Foolad Khuzestan of Iran and Al Duhail of Qatar qualified at the top of the groups.
The qualified clubs from the Western Division to the AFC Champions League quarter-finals
Group One: Al Hilal Saudi, Al Rayyan of Qatar;
The second group: Saudi youth;
Group C: Foolad Khuzestan of Iran, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai of the United Arab Emirates;
Group D: Al Duhail, Qatar;
Group E: Al Faisaly of Saudi Arabia, Nasaf of Uzbekistan.