Football: Suwaiq go down to Al Jazeera in AFC Cup
March 5, 2018 | 9:40 PM
by Times News Service
Action from the AFC Cup Group A match between Oman's Suwaiq and Jordan’s Al Jazeera played at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Monday. Photo - ISMAIL AL FARSI/Times of Oman

Muscat: Failing to take advantage of 2-0 lead, Suwaiq went down to Jordan’s Al Jazeera in a five-goal thriller in the AFC Cup at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Monday.

In a Group A match, Suwaiq were eyeing for their first win in three outings but Al Jazeera did well to rally back to record a 3-2 victory.

According to news posted on the AFC website, Suwaiq’s Abdoulaye Dieng broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute from the spot after Al Jazeera goalkeeper Ahmed Nawwas felled striker Khalid Al Hajri as the latter attempted to round him.

There was little Nawwas could do to stop Al Hajri eight minutes later as the Omani international rose highest to score with a header from Al Abd Al Nawfali’s cross to double the hosts’ lead.

The visitors pulled one back instantly as defender Ahmed Al Khamisi’s attempt to clear Musa Al Taamari’s in-swinging corner-kick saw the ball inadvertently sent to Yazan Al Arab at the back post, and the Al Jazeera defender headed into the back of the net to make it 2-1 at the break.

Al Jazeera, however, were back in the game when skipper Mohammad Tannous unleashed a thunderous left-footed drive from 25 yards out that left goalkeeper Fayeez Al Rushaidi helpless in the 67th minute.

Al Taamari continued his impressive form by finding the net for the third match running as Al Jazeera turned the tables on their hosts with 20 minutes to go.

The Jordanian international was brought down inside the box and stepped up to take the penalty. Goalkeeper Al Rushaidi was left to rue his luck as his touch was not enough to keep Al Tammari’s strike out.

Al Jazeera remain unbeaten after three games and welcome Al Suwaiq to Amman International Stadium for the reverse fixture on March 13.

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