Al Duhail face Esteghlal in AFC Champions League fifth round


Qatar’s Al Duhail face Iran’s Esteghlal in the fifth round of AFC Champions League Group C on Monday. The kick-off is at 19:00 Doha time at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Al Duhail travel to the Iranian capital on a confident note, having defeated Al Ain 2-0 away in the last round.

Moreover, The Red Knights, who came second in the QNB Stars League behind Al Sadd, have reached the Emir Cup semifinal after beating Al Shahania 2-0 in the quarterfinal.

Al Duhail will face Al Sailiya in the semifinal on 12th May.

Al Duhail are second in the group with seven points, two less than Al Hilal. Esteghlal are third on four points and Al Ain last with two points.

Al Duhail are the only Qatari side to have kick-started their campaign with a victory this year when they beat Iran’s Esteghlal 3-0. Al Sadd and Al Rayyan, Qatar’s other representatives in the premier continental competition, had lost their openers.

The Red Knights, however, lost 1-3 to Al Hilal before pulling off a 2-2 draw with Al Ain in the third round in Doha.

Al Hilal host Al Ain in the other Group C match at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, also on Monday.