Kuwait AFC Cup reign smacked for six by Persipura
JAKARTA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Kuwait Sports Club's two-year dominance of the AFC Cup ended in spectacular fashion after they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Persipura Jayapura 8-4 on aggregate after losing 6-1 in Indonesia on Tuesday.
The Kuwaiti side, winners of the last two editions of Asia's second tier club competition, scored two late goals to snatch a 3-2 home win in last week's first leg but their Indonesian opponents showed no let up in the return encounter on Tuesday.
Argentine Robertino Pugliara opened the scoring with a brilliant scissor-kick strike after two minutes and went on to complete a hat-trick for the Indonesian champions, who ran the defending champions' backline ragged...
Arbil (Iraq) 0–4 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil
Al-Qadsia (Kuwait) 0–2 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
Performance by nations
This a competition clearly dominated by teams from West Asia
Rank Nation Winners // Runners-up
1 Kuwait 3 // 3
2 Jordan 3 // 1
3 Syria 2 // 2
4 Bahrain 1 // 1
5 Uzbekistan 1 // 0
6 Lebanon 0 // 2
7 Iraq 0 // 1