Al Sadd brace for Al Ain reverse fixture in AFC Champions League Round 4


Qatar’s Al Sadd will be keen to put it across the UAE’s Al Ain when they face off in a reverse fixture (Group D) in Round 4 of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Friday, 18th September. The kick-off is at 18:00.

All Group D matches are being played at the Al Sadd Stadium. Khalifa International Stadium (Group A), Al Janoub Stadium (Group B) and Education City Stadium (Group C), which are 2022 FIFA World Cup venues, are also hosting the matches as the tournament resumed with all West Zone fixtures on the continent being scheduled in Doha from 14th September to 3rd October.

Al Sadd were forced to play out a 3-3 draw with Al Ain in Round 3 on 15th September with an own goal scored by defender Boualem Khoukhi. Akram Afif, Santi Cazorla and Baghdad Bounedjah were The Wolves’ scorers.

Kodjo Laba and Islam Khan were Al Ain’s scorers.

Al Sadd are second in the group with five points with an unbeaten record. The Wolves started off by playing out a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in Riyadh on 11th February and beat Iran’s Sepahan 3-0 in Doha on 18th February before the tournament was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Al Nassr are leading Group D with seven points. Sepahan are third (three points) and Al Ain last (one point).

Al Sadd, coached by Xavi Hernandez, are a much-experienced side in the AFC Champions League and they will be eager to progress to the knockout stage as group toppers.