Al Gharafa's joy didn't last for long as Al Ahli responded instantly in similar fashion after Saeed al-Muwallad crossed for Moamen Zakaria, who headed home at the far post
two minutes later.
A high ball towards the far post
caught out the defence and ex-Airdrie striker Ryan Donnelly showed composure to simply slot under Hay.
Nixon dived full-length but nothing could stop the ball nestling inside his far post
The two sides swapped early chances, Craig Westcarr rolling a shot past the far post
for the hosts in the opening minute.
But they were pegged back just before the interval when Lee Brown made progress down the Rovers left and crossed deep to the far post
where Ellis Harrison rose to send a powerful header past Jak Alnwick.
Substitute Jese added the Spanish team's second four minutes from full-time with a solo run into the box and shot across the face of goal and inside the far post
Bay never really threatened the home defence but Bradley Bauress had a chance at the far post
before firing high and wide of the target.
Bolton substitute Callum Spooner's intended cross from the right touchline dipped over Bay keeper Chris Sanna and dropped just inside the far post
to the give the visitors victory.
64: Thompson's header from McCourt corner grazes the far post
27 mins: Grant Leadbitter plays a one-two from a corner on the right with Lee Tomlin then drives for the line and sends over an in-swinging cross which hits the far post
and bounces off Michael Mancienne before crossing the line.
Soon after Guilherme Siqueira eased his way down the left wing to the byline and chipped the ball towards the far post
, where Niguez conjured an acrobatic scissor-kick which went in off the near post.
Reece Hands played a terrific pass to the unmarked McCluskey at the back post but from six yards his header skidded past the far post