Amjed Radhi’s two goals power Erbil past Ansar
Amjed Radhi scored two goals as Erbil FC swept to an emphatic 2- 0 victory over Al Ansar on Wednesday and completed a perfect record in Group B. The Erbil’s victory ended the Lebanese side’s chance of reaching the last 16 of the AFC Cup.
Since Al Ansar began the final round of fixtures level on points with Oman’s Fanja in the race to join 2012 finalists Erbil in the last 16 from Group B, but needing to achieve a better result in Erbil due to an inferior head-to-head record.
The match was run in Erbil’s Fanso Hariri Stadium with a few fans in attendance. Since Erbil already secured a position at the last 16 of the AFC Cup, some of the main players were given rest by the team mangers and some new faces tested in return. Those who were in the main squad played comfortably with no pressure.
Erbil sniper, Amjad Radhi stayed as the match scorer. After Radhi opened the scoring, the striker sealed the win with his sixth goal of the campaign in the closing stages.
After Erbil had edged a tight first half, the home side took the lead in the 59th minute as Nadim Sabag fed Radhi and the striker had time and space to pick his spot past Al Ansar goalkeeper Lary Mehanna.
And with Al Ansar struggling to find a response, Erbil sealed their sixth win of the campaign as substitute Miran Darwesh found Radhi and striker skipped past a defender before beating Mehanna four minutes before the match ended.
After the Radhi’s second goal, the home team made several quick attacks and Radhi was close to write his name in the team’s history as he was very close to score hat-rick. Radhi did not score his third goal, but stayed as best scored of match which ended 2-0.
Erbil has played six matches and scored 15 goals so far without conceding. The team is now thinking of facing Syria’s Al Shurta at home in the last 16 in two weeks’ time.
After the match, a press conference was held for both teams’ managers. Erbil coach Rodion Gacanin let the ball rolling by saying “I’m not satisfied with the per- formance of my team despite winning the match. Our players didn’t give their best and I was disappointed with their performance and hopefully they can improve this performance in future,”
Radion said his next task will be fixing the mistakes before the match against Al Shurta who are a good team who are recognized with creating a lot of danger for the opponent team usually.
Radion thinks Erbil had some issues in the midfield line, as inconsistency was apparently perceived among the mid- fielders in the wings.
Meanwhile, Al Ansar coach Malek Hassoun admitted that Erbil played a better match and deserved to win.
“We had a good performance in the first half only against a strong team who knew how to exhaust us in the first half before taking advantage of the drop of our performance in the second period to score two goals,” noted Hassoun.
This picture shows a view of Erbil VS Al Ansar match which ran in Franso Hariri stadium In Erbil last Wednesday.