Lekhwiya, Al Shabab escape group stages
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Lekhwiya and Al Shabab Al Arabi both progressed from Group B of the AFC Champions League after claiming vital wins.

All four teams in the group could have gone through tonight but Qatari side Lekhwiya ensured they topped the group with a 2-0 win over Al-Ittifaq. Ceara Luiz (11) and Khalid Muftah (66) grabbed the goals.

Al Shabab, of the United Arab Emirates, started the day bottom of the group and with a tough trip to Tashkent, but Jociel Ciel's 64th-minute strike sent them through with a 2-1 win over Pakhtakor.

Esam Dhahi sent the visitors ahead after a minute before a 19th-minute Kakhi Makharadze penalty levelled the contest. Ciel sent Al Shabab ahead before they were forced to see out the last five minutes with ten men after Mohammed Marzouq saw red.

Turnarounds for top two
Al Shabab and Al Jaish, whose progress was already guaranteed, both rounded off their Group A campaigns with victories today.

Pool winners Al Shabab, of Saudi Arabia, battled from a goal down to sink Al-Jazira 2-1. Ibrahim Diaky put the visitors ahead just before the half-hour mark but Nasser Al-Shamrani levelled in the first minute of the second half and substitute Fahad Amad Al-Yamani grabbed an 80th-minute winner. The campaign ended on a sour note for Al-Jazira, who had Khalid Sabeel sent off in the final minute.

Al Jaish also found themselves a goal down but responded well to post a 4-2 success at Teraktor Sazi FC, who finished bottom of the standings on four points from six games.

Al-Doukali Side (penalty) and Abdulgadir Bakur netted in the first six minutes of the restart, to overturn Geilson's early opener for the hosts. And, although Geilson equalised midway through the second half, a Bakur spot-kick restored the visitors' lead before Ko Seulki's strike six minutes from time sealed matters.