The AFC Champions League 2018 entered Matchday Four in the West Zone at the beginning of last week.
Al-Ahli extended their unbeaten run to four games after a 1-1 home draw against Qatar’s Al-Gharafa in Group A on the 14th March.
Al Gharafa started the game well, but didn’t manage to break through until 56th minute when Mehdi Taremi converted a cross from Moayed Hassan.
Al Ahli levelled up almost immediately after Saeed Al Muwallad’s cross was headed in by Moayed Zakaria in the 58th minute
Following their win, the Saudi giants remain three points clear at the top of Group A, whilst Al-Gharafa are on five points, level with Al-Jazira who they host next.
Meanwhile in Group B, Qatar’s Al Duhail produced an inspirational late comeback to defeat Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-1 away and qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
Lokomotiv scored first in the 35th minute after Uzbekistan international Sardor Rashidov opened his body to steer Shukhrat Mukhammadiev’s cutback into the bottom corner.
It looked like the homeside had the three points in the bag until Al Duhail were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute after Almoez Ali was felled in the box by Salim Mustafoev. El Arabi stepped up and duly dispatched the spot-kick to net his fifth goal of the campaign.
El Arabi then scored the winner 4 minutes into stoppage time.
Al Sadd and Persepolis are level at the top of Group C after both winning their games against Al Wasl and FC Nasaf respectively.
Persepolis’ Kamal Kamyabinia scored the sole goal of the game in the 37th minute from a Hossein Mahni cross.
Qatar’s Al Sadd scored 4 against FC Nasaf. Xavi Hernandez handed Al Sadd the lead in the 3rd minute and Abdelkarim Hassan scored the 2nd in the 15th minute.
Baghdad Bounedjah scored the 3rd just before halftime while Jugurtha Hamroun put the icing on the cake in the 71st minute.
Al Rayyan are tied at the top of the Group D with Esteghlal.