Goals from Asian Champions League: Saba come from 3-down at Al-Ahli to win 5-3

Perspolis 1 – Al Shabab 0 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) After a goalless first half, the breakthrough came soon in the second half when Khalili struck in the 47th minute to move Persepolis to the top of the group. The match ended on a sour note as the teams clashed after the Al Shabab players accused Perspolis’ number 18 was simulating cramp.

Al Hilal 2 – Pakhtakor Tashkent 0 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) Mohammed al-Anbar opened the scoring in the first half with a well placed header. Ahmed Souheil doubled the lead with a powerful shot in the second half.

Al-Ahli 3 – Saba Battery 5 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) Saba rallied from 3-down to stage a sensational comeback. Salem Khamis converted the first in the 40th minute, while Salah Abbas struck home the second in the 10 minutes of added time in the first half, which was interrupted due to a power failure. Milad Meydavoudi added the third for the hosts in the 66th minute, but two minutes later Fereidoun Fazli brought the visitors back into the game and began the remarkable recovery. Shahin Shafiei added Saba’s second before Mohammed Nori equalised seconds later. Yousefi and Hamrang then added two more to crush Ahli’s dream of finishing their Asian campaign with a win.

Ulsan Hyundai 0 – Newcastle Jets 1 (Asian Champions League, May 20, 2009) The Jets took the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute, Fabio Vignaroli whipped in a dangerous cross into the area that Jason Hoffman glanced into the back of the net.