Am­jed Radhi’s two goals power Er­bil past An­sar

The Kurdish Globe - - PORT -

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.

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