Al Duhail cruise into ACL quarter-finals
Doha: Al Duhail sealed an emphatic 4-1 win over Al Ain in the second leg of their 2018 AFC Champions League Round of 16 showdown on Tuesday, progressing to the quarter-finals 8-3 on aggregate.
The hosts wasted no time in taking full control and were rewarded with a goal inside 11 minutes when Nam Tae-hee advanced down the left and sent a low ball across the goalmouth that was inadvertently converted by defender Mohamed Ahmad past his own goalkeeper.
Al Duhail doubled their tally at the half-hour mark through Youssef El Arabi who stabbed in Ismail Mohammad’s powerful cross from the right flank.
Very little changed after the break as the Qataris continued to attack in numbers and soon found the net for a third time. El Arabi sent defender Sultan Al Brake through on goal and the latter attempted to lob goalkeeper Khalid Eisa who was able to get his fingertips on the ball before it fell for Mohammad who tapped into the empty net in the 54th minute.
Coach Djamel Belmadi’s men heaped more misery on their visitors as El Arabi caught up with Baghdad Bounedjah at the top of the competition’s scorers chart, converting his ninth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot following a hand ball from defender Mohanad Salem four minutes from time.
Omar Abdulrahman netted a consolation goal for Al Ain in the dying seconds of the game from a penalty kick after he was fouled inside the box by defender Abdullah Al Ahrak.
Al Duhail join fellow Qatari side Al Sadd and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis and Esteghlal in the quarter-finals from West Asia.