AFC Cham­pi­ons League

Antlers tri­umph

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Iraq’s Al Quwa Al Jawiya – whose name trans­lates as Air Force Club – be­came the first team to win the AFC Cup for three suc­ces­sive years, beat­ing Al­tyn Asyr 2-0 in the Fi­nal at the Basra Sport City Sta­dium in south­ern Iraq.

Ham­madi Ahmed and Ibrahim Bayesh scored for the Iraqis, while Se­lim Nur­mu­radov missed a penalty late on for the vis­i­tors, who were the first Turk­menistan team to reach the Fi­nal.

Fol­low­ing on from vic­to­ries over Ta­jik­istan’s Istik­lol last year and Ben­galuru of In­dia in 2016, the Iraqi club have now also equalled Al Kuwait’s record haul of three AFC Cup ti­tles.

Ahmed, who played in the two pre­vi­ous Fi­nals and scored against Ben­galuru in 2016, called this year’s goal “the most im­por­tant of my ca­reer be­cause I scored in the Fi­nal as the team cap­tain”.

Im­por­tant... Ham­madi Ahmed

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