ae63909331158210VgnVCM200000e66411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02Al Wahda put five past Churchill Brothers9e63909331158210VgnVCM200000e66411ac____Al Wahda put five past Churchill BrothersThe Abu Dhabi club advance to the groups stages of the Asian Champions League in style, beating Churchill Brothers of India 5-2.<p>ABU DHABI // Al Wahda recovered from the shock of going behind to complete a remarkable week by qualifying for the group stage in the Asian Champions League with a resounding 5-2 victory over the Churchill Brothers, the champions of India, at the Al Nahyan Stadium last night.
Josef Hickersberger's men were strong favourites to win, but they had to come back from a goal down to reach Group B of the continental competition along with two-times winners Al Ittihad, 2008 semi-finalist Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan and the Iranian club Zob Ahan. The home side were stunned when the visitors drew first blood through the veteran Japanese midfielder Dan Ito in the 41st minute.</p>
<p>The Brazilian Fernando Baiano, Wahda's top scorer this season, struck the equaliser in added time of the first half and Mahmoud Khamis scored just 30 seconds after the break to put the home side ahead.
Further goals from Abdulraheem Jumaa and Baiano, his second, put the game to bed. Ismail Matar got in on the act six minutes from time to make it five after the substitute Dhanachandra Singh had pulled one back for Churchill Brothers on 78 minutes.</p>
<p>Wahda side missed a flurry of scoring opportunities in the first half and were left red faced when the Indians drew first blood from their only chance through the Ito, who arrived in a flash to knock over a pass from Charan Rai in front of the goalmouth for a 41st minute lead.
The Indians' goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja was kept busy from the onset. He blocked a powerful strike from Fahed Masoud in the 10th minute and did well to push a free kick onto the post from the same player. He also managed to keep out a deflection from his own defender Gouramangi Singh.</p>
<p>Wahda were in control for the entire 90 minutes but the visitors made some counter attacks to test the Wahda stopper Adel al Hosani a few times.
It has been a superb seven days for the Abu Dhabi giants, who were playing their second Champions League play-off in 10 days after they defeated Syria's Al Karamah 1-0 in Homs last Saturday.
And in-between they beat the defending champions Al Ahli 2-1 away in the Pro League. Three points from a home match against the bottom placed Ajman on Wednesday will put them on equal points with the leaders Al Jazira, who were held to a 2-2 result by Al Dhafra.</p>