2018 AFC Cup Final

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2018 AFC Cup Final
Event2018 AFC Cup
Date27 October 2018 (2018-10-27)
VenueBasra Sports City, Basra
Man of the MatchHammadi Ahmad (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)[1]
RefereeAbdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)[1]
Weather19 °C (66 °F)[1]

The 2018 AFC Cup Final was the final match of the 2018 AFC Cup, the 15th edition of the AFC Cup, Asia's secondary club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).[2]

The final was contested as a single match between Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya from Iraq and Altyn Asyr from Turkmenistan. The match was hosted by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya at the Basra Sports City in Basra on 27 October 2018.

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won the final 2–0 for their third consecutive and overall AFC Cup title.[3]


Team Zone Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya West Asia Zone (WAFF) 2 (2016, 2017)
Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr Central Asia Zone (CAFA)
(Inter-zone play-off winner)

This was Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya's third consecutive AFC Cup final, a record shared with Al-Faisaly (2005 to 2007) and Al-Kuwait (2011 to 2013). If they were to win the final, they would become the first team to win three consecutive AFC Cup titles, and also tie Al-Kuwait as record three-time winners of the AFC Cup.

Altyn Asyr were the first team from Turkmenistan to reach the AFC Cup final. If they were to win the final, they would become the second team from Central Asia to win the AFC Cup, after Nasaf from Uzbekistan in 2011.


Basra Sports City in Basra, Iraq, hosted the match.

This was the second AFC Cup final played in Iraq, after the 2012 final played at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Arbil. While Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were also the home team in the 2016 AFC Cup Final, they hosted the match at the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar, as Iraqi teams were not allowed to host their home matches during that time. The ban was lifted in March 2018,[4] and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya played their subsequent home matches at the Karbala Sports City in Karbala.

Road to the final[edit]

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).

Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Round Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
Jordan Al-Jazeera 2–2 (H) Matchday 1 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 6–3 (A)
Oman Al-Suwaiq 1–0 (A) Matchday 2 Tajikistan Istiklol 2–2 (H)
Bahrain Malkiya 4–3 (A) Matchday 3 Turkmenistan Ahal 0–0 (A)
Jordan Al-Jazeera 1–1 (A) Matchday 4 Turkmenistan Ahal 1–0 (H)
Bahrain Malkiya 1–1 (H) Matchday 5 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 5–0 (H)
Oman Al-Suwaiq 2–0 (H) Matchday 6 Tajikistan Istiklol 3–2 (A)
Group A runners-up
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Jordan Al-Jazeera 6 14
2 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 12
3 Bahrain Malkiya 6 7
4 Oman Al-Suwaiq 6 0
Source: AFC
Final standings Group D winners
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr 6 14
2 Tajikistan Istiklol 6 13
3 Turkmenistan Ahal 6 7
4 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 6 0
Source: AFC
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Knockout stage Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Lebanon Al-Ahed 5–3 3–1 (H) 2–2 (A) Zonal semi-finals Inter-zone play-off semi-finals India Bengaluru 5–2 3–2 (A) 2–0 (H)
Jordan Al-Jazeera 4–1 1–0 (A) 3–1 (H) Zonal finals Inter-zone play-off final North Korea April 25 3–3 (a) 2–2 (A) 1–1 (H)


The final was played as a single match, with the host team (winners of the West Asia Zonal final) alternated from the previous season's final.

If tied after regulation, extra time and, if necessary, penalty shoot-out was used to decide the winner.[2]



Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq2–0Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 24,665
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Altyn Asyr
GK 12 Iraq Mohammed Gassid
RB 6 Iraq Sameh Saeed
CB 5 Iraq Ahmed Abdul-Ridha
CB 32 Iraq Saad Natiq
LB 33 Iraq Ali Bahjat Yellow card 88'
RM 37 Iraq Ibrahim Bayesh
CM 18 Syria Zaher Midani
CM 42 Iraq Mohammed Ali Abbood Substituted off 77'
LM 38 Iraq Ali Hisny Substituted off 81'
CF 10 Iraq Hammadi Ahmad (c)
CF 9 Iraq Emad Mohsin Substituted off 90+1'
GK 1 Iraq Fahad Talib
DF 34 Iraq Mustafa Mohammed
MF 14 Iraq Mohsen Abdullah
MF 43 Iraq Mohammed Qasim Substituted in 77'
FW 7 Iraq Karrar Ali Substituted in 81'
FW 17 Iraq Ali Yousif
FW 29 Iraq Amjad Radhi Substituted in 90+1'
Iraq Basim Qasim
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya vs Altyn Asyr 2018-10-27.svg
GK 1 Turkmenistan Mammet Orazmuhammedow
RB 12 Turkmenistan Serdar Annaorazow
CB 4 Turkmenistan Mekan Saparow
CB 2 Turkmenistan Zafar Babajanow Substituted off 46'
LB 24 Turkmenistan Gurbangeldi Batyrow Substituted off 77'
CM 14 Turkmenistan Umidjan Astanow
CM 29 Turkmenistan Serdar Geldiýew (c)
RW 22 Turkmenistan Mekan Aşyrow Substituted off 58'
AM 10 Turkmenistan Selim Nurmuradov
LW 7 Turkmenistan Altymyrat Annadurdyýew
CF 39 Turkmenistan Wahyt Orazsähedow
GK 16 Turkmenistan Nurgeldi Astanow
DF 3 Turkmenistan Şöhrat Söýünow Substituted in 46'
MF 20 Turkmenistan Begmyrat Baýow Substituted in 58'
MF 27 Turkmenistan Welmyrat Ballakow
MF 33 Turkmenistan Annasähet Annasähedow
FW 18 Turkmenistan Furkat Tursunow Substituted in 77'
FW 30 Turkmenistan Mihail Titow
Turkmenistan Ýazguly Hojageldyýew

Man of the Match:
Hammadi Ahmad (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya)[1]

Assistant referees:[1]
Taleb Al-Marri (Qatar)
Saoud Al-Maqaleh (Qatar)
Fourth official:[1]
Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
Fifth official:[1]
Juma Al-Burshaid (Qatar)

Match rules[2]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if tied.
  • Penalty shoot-out if still tied after extra time.
  • Seven named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Air Force Club v Altyn Asyr FC". the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "2018 AFC Cup Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  3. ^ "Air Force Club create history". AFC. 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "AFC President welcomes FIFA decision to lift Iraq ban". AFC. 17 March 2018.

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