Hosts Al Zawraa FC thrashed UAE Pro-League side Al Wasl FC 5-0 at the Karbala International Stadium on Monday in the first-ever AFC Champions League match to be played on Iraq’s soil.
Al Zawraa, who were held to a goalless draw by Iran’s Zobahan FC in the opening match day, came out of the blocks flying in front of a vociferous support at Karbala and found the opener in the 22nd minute through Samal Saeed.
Ala Abbas scored one apiece either side of the halftime break to make it 3-0 in favour of the hosts by the 51st minute. But the Iraqis had more to offer and Mohannad Abdul Raheem found their fourth in the 75th.
The fifth and final nail in the coffin came from the penalty spot as Hussein Jwayed converted without fail in the 84th minute — meaning Al Zawraa went top of Group A of the AFC Champions League with four points.
Zobahan edge past Al Nassr in five-goal thriller
Iran side Zobahan also made it four points from two matches to take the second spot in the group after defeating Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr FC 3-2 thanks to an injury time goal from Amir Arsalan Motahari.
Al Nassr had taken the lead in the fifth minute through Giuiliano de Paula at the Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, but Mohammed Nejad Mehdi equalised for the Iranians in the 30th minute before Vahid Mohammadzadeh put them ahead in the 39th minute.
However, a second half penalty from Al Nassr’s Abderrazak Hamdallah restored parity. But with the game heading towards a draw, Motahari had others plans as his header from a corner kick in the added time of second half gifted all three points for the Persian Gulf Pro League club.