Er­bil ad­vances to fi­nal 16 in AFC Cup

Yel­low Cas­tle team holds top of its group af­ter de­feat­ing Shabab Al Or­don 3-2

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Muhammed

With the match tied in 2-2 in the 89th minute, Ru­bi­ato lined up a free-kick 25 me­ters from goal and fired in un­err­ingly into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net to give Er­bil all three points.

The match was run at the Grand Ha­mad Sta­dium in Jordan with a good num­ber of host team fans and a few fans of the guests.

Er­bil en­joyed an ex­cel­lent start as they went ahead af­ter just four min­utes. A cor­ner from the left by Hawar Mulla Mo­hammed was floated into the box and met by Salah who made no mis­take with a first-time shot from close range.

Isam Al Mbay­din tested Er­bil goal­keeper Jalal Has­san Hachim with a long- range shot late in the first half but the cus­to­dian did well by tip­ping the ball over the cross­bar.

From the re­sult­ing cor­ner, Rawad re­ceived the ball in the box af­ter a scram­ble and spun to shoot past Hachim to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Er­bil turned up the heat at the start of the sec­ond half and their pres­sure was re­warded in the 71st minute as Salah re­ceived the ball from Hawar on the edge of the box and went past one de­fender be­fore let­ting fly from the edge of box with a shot that flew into the bot­tom cor­ner with a slight nick of a de­fender.

But Shabab would not lie down on the game and they were back on level terms in the 80th minute as Shis­hani con­trolled the ball in the box be­fore sweep­ing a low shot past Hachim.

How­ever, in the fi­nal minute, the Iraqi side won a free-kick to the right of the Shabab box and Ru­bi­ato fired it into the cor­ner of the net.

“This was a great suc­cess and good per­for­mance from our side as the play­ers fol­lowed the tac­tics and they were the bet­ter side in the match. The vic­tory is im­por­tant be­cause it se­cured our place in the knockout stage,” said Er­bil coach Ayob Odisho.

Odisho added “We played very well es­pe­cially in the at­tack but there were some de­fen­sive mis­takes which af­fected us and there­fore we con­ceded two goals. We still have a match to play and we must win in or­der to fin­ish on top of the group.”

Er­bil now leads the group by 12 points, two ahead of Bahraini side Riffa, who beat Alay of Kyr­gyzs­tan 2-0 on Tues­day. Shabab have six points and are out of the run­ning for a place in the knock- out stage.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with this de­feat be­cause we were try­ing to get a good re­sult but we failed and we con­ceded three goals which were bad for us. The de­feat means that we are out of con­tention and that is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we had high am­bi­tions,” said Shabab Al Or­don coach Raed As­saf.

He also said “The team didn’t put in a good per­for­mance. We lacked at­tack­ing ef­fi­ciency while we also made some de­fen­sive mis­takes.

He thinks miss­ing some key play­ers af­fected the team’s per­for­mances and as a re­sult the team lost a de­ci­sive match which was their last chance to re­main in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Er­bil FC play­ers en­dure a train­ing ses­sion in Grand Ha­mad Sta­dium in Jordan in April 2014.

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