Beirut is the location of the other zonal semi-final in West Asia. Al Ahed have some work to do against Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya if they want to progress to the regional final. From the first-leg, they’re 3-1 down, but how crucial will that away goal turn out to be?

How Crucial Will Kdouh’s Goal Prove To Be?

That goal from Mohamad Kdouh came deep into second-half stoppage time and may have seemed like no more than a consolation at the time. Oh, how important it could prove.

Whoever progress from this tie will face Jordanian side Al-Jazeera in the final as they came away with an impressive 1-0 win against Al-Faisaly. There will be a report on that later in the week. I believe it’s pencilled in for Thursday, amongst other things.

Back to that task at hand, for Al Ahed, this is very much the last-chance saloon. Domestically, Al Ahed completed the season without a blemish as they did what Barcelona couldn’t. That’s right, they went through the whole season without tasting defeat. Eat your heart out, Messi.

If Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Score, Al Ahed Need Three

While that’s all well and good, it means if they lose this it’s game over for the Lebanese side. A 2-0 win for them isn’t that difficult to imagine. It’s not going to be easy to stop Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya from scoring, mind. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya have scored in each of their last fifteen games and if that happens, Al Ahed need to score thrice. Even then, it will only take the game to extra time.

Much like every other team, Al Ahed & Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya have their respective talismans that they rely on. Al Ahed rely on Ahmad Zreik and despite not making an impression in Iraq, today will be a different story. Probably. Maybe. I don’t know.

Amjad Radhi is the name of the Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya equivalent. Keep them quiet and your team will have half a chance. Let me them loose, hell could commence.

Zreik vs Radhi – They’re Both On Six Goals

We’ve looked at Al Ahed and their league campaign, yet we haven’t done the same with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, so I guess it’s only fair to do so, right? Five points from their opening five league games left the Iraqi side in somewhat of a pickle and they’ve been trying to make up for it ever since. At present, they’re four points off top spot. Something tells me they will make that up. After all, there are still thirteen games left which leaves plenty of time.

To summarise, today’s game is all about Zreik vs Radhi, Al Ahed vs Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya & Lebanon vs Iraq. Who wins? You decide! Ok, maybe you don’t but I’ve always wanted to say that. It will finish as a draw, in case you’re wondering. 2-2 or 1-1. You decide! Boom! Got two in quick succession! What a time to be alive. Enough rambling. Ciao.

Until the next time.