Al Duhail reach last 8 in great style


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New QNB Stars League champions Al Duhail reached the AFC Champions League quarterfinals in great style after recording a convincing 4-1 victory over Al Ain in the second leg of their Round of 16 showdown in Doha on Tuesday.

The Red Knights, who completed a domestic double by annexing the Qatar Cup, progressed with an aggregate 8-3 score.

Al Duhail, who had won the first leg 4-2, 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 the lead at the half-hour mark through star Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi, who stabbed in Ismail Mohamad’s powerful cross from the right flank.

Very little changed after half-time as the hosts 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.

Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi’s men heaped more misery on the visitors as El Arabi caught up with Al Sadd’s 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.