Al Duhail begins ACL campaign on a winning note

Doha: Qatar’s Al Duhail came from behind to shut out Iran’s Zob

Ahan Esfahan FC 3-1 in their opening Group B fixture at the AFC

Champions League at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium here on

Monday evening.

 

 

In another game, Al Gharafa, who have qualified since 2013, went

down 3-2 in their away match to UAE’s Al Jazira in Group A.

 

 

The QNB Stars League leaders were stung by a 12th minute strike

through Brazilian striker Kiros, who headed home from close after

team-mate Morteza Tabrizi’s header ricochet off the cross bar.

 

 

The early goal had deflated Djamel Belmadi’s side, but they came

back strongly with a renewed confidence in the second half to outwit

their opponents thanks to a double by Qatar international Karim

Boudiaf.

 

 

Boudiaf first drove home the rebound following a Youssef Msakni

shot to equalise in the 74th. Two minutes later the lanky defensive

midfielder headed Nam Tae-Hee corner much to the delight of his

team-mates.

 

 

Attacking midfielder Youssef Msakni drilled home a Nam cross in

the 84th to give Duhail a confident start in the continental club

competition, which also features Al Rayyan in Group D.

 

 

 

Duhail next travel to the UAE to face Al Wahda in their next game

on April 17.

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