AFC Cup Final 2016 : Air Force Club, Iraq Vs Bengaluru FC - November 5th
Bengaluru FC is the first Indian club to be in the final, will give it all to fight against the Iraqi club. Bengaluru FC is riding on the confidence after beating the defending champions JDT convincingly in the 2nd leg of semi final 3-1. Iraqi Air force club came from behind to win the game 3-2 against Lebanon Ahed FC. This final will be keenly contested at Neutral venue due to security concerns in Iraq. May the best team in the game but heart Says Namma Bengaluru all the way !!!!
Road to Final :
Group Stage :
After being runner up in the Iraqi PL, qualified for AFC Cup. In the draw, Club was in group C along with Wadha FC, Shabab Al-Dhahiriya and Oruba. Dominating performance in the group stage winning 5 games and losing one game to Wadha FC in away tie , topped the group with 15 points
Round of 16 - AIR FORCE CLUB 2-1 AL WEHDAT
After topping Group C with 15 points and they showed that same form in the early stages of the match in Doha as Hassan opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Goals from Mohammed Hassan and Hammadi Ahmed were enough to see Iraq’s Air Force Club into the AFC Cup quarter-finals following a 2-1 victory over Jordan’s Al Wehdat at Saoud Bin Abdulrahaman Stadium.
Quarter Final - AIR FORCE CLUB 5-1 AL JAISH (2 Legs)
A ruthless second-half performance saw Air Force Club book their place in the semi-finals of the 2016 AFC Cup as goals from Bashar Resan, Amjed Rahdi, Hammadi Ahmad and Emad Mohsin earned the Iraqi club a 4-0 win in their second-leg meeting with Syria’s Al Jaish to complete a 5-1 aggregate success after drawing the first leg 1-1
Semi Final -
Air Force Club of Iraq will feature in November's 2016 AFC Cup final after they defeated Lebanon’s Al Ahed FC 3-2 on 18-Oct -16 at Sports City Stadium to complete a 4-3 aggregate victory.Having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Doha, the Iraqi Premier League side were twice behind in Beirut courtesy of first-half goals from Nour Mansour and Hassan Chaito but they hauled themselves back on level terms each time through first Hammadi Ahmed and then an own-goal from Mansour.
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