Jordan’s Al Jazeera came from two goals down to defeat Oman’s Al Suwaiq 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at the Seeb Stadium on Matchday Three of the 2018 AFC Cup Group A.
Abdoulaye Dieng broke the deadlock in the 33rd minutes from the spot after Al Jazeera goalkeeper Ahmed Nawwas apprehended striker Khalid Al Hajri as the latter attempted to round him.
There was little Nawwas could do to stop Al Hajri eight minutes later as the Omani international rose highest to power with a header from Al Abd Al Nawfali’s cross to double the hosts’ lead.
The visitors pulled one back instantly as defender Ahmed Al Khamisi’s attempt to clear Musa Al Taamari’s in-swinging corner-kick inadvertently sent the ball to Yazan Al Arab at the back post, and the Al Jazeera defender headed calmly into the back of the net to make it 2-1 at the break.
Skipper Mohammad Tannous unleashed a thunderous left-footed drive from 25 yards out that left goalkeeper Fayez Al Rushaidi helpless in the 67th minute to bring Al Jazeera level.
Al Taamari continued his impressive form by finding the net for the third match running as Al Jazeera turned the table on their hosts with 20 minutes to go.
The Jordanian international was brought down inside the box and stepped up to take the penalty himself. Goalkeeper Al Rashidi was left to rue his luck as his touch was not enough to keep Al Tammari’s strike from the spot out.
Al Jazeera remain unbeaten in three games and welcome Al Suwaiq to Amman International Stadium for the Matchday Four reverse fixture next week. – AFC