Nam stunner propels Lekhwiya

DOHA: Nam Tae-hee capped a fine individual performance with a superb goal 16 minutes from time as Qatari champions Lekhwiya made a winning debut in the AFC Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli on Wednesday.

The Korean midfielder tormented the Ahli defence throughout the match and won a penalty in the first half which Moumouni Dagano failed to convert.

But just when it seemed that the points would be shared at the Al Sadd Stadium, Nam scored with a cracker from 25 metres to seal a memorable victory for Djamel Belmadi’s side.

They joined Sepahan at the top of the group after the Iranian side beat Al Nasr of the UAE by the same score earlier on Wednesday.

Lekhwiya goalkeeper Baba Malick did well to twice deny Al Ahli, pushing away a stinging shot by Simoes in the 68th minute and then using his legs to deny Al Hosni, after the ball had been laid off to him by Simoes.

Almost immediately after Al Hosni’s miss, Lekhwiya brought the ball upfield and Nam cut in from the left flank and eluded a sliding challenge by Mohammed Massad before he launched a dipping effort from the left edge of the box that curled away from Al Mosailed and dropped into the far corner of the net.

The win delighted Lekhwiya coach Belmadi.

Meanwhile, Al Gharafa played out a goalless draw with the UAE’s play-off winners Al Shabab Al Arabi.

Qatar’s other two representatives, Al Rayyan and Al Arabi both had lost their games on Tuesday.