Qatari clubs to conclude AFC Champions League campaign
QNB Stars League clubs Al Gharafa, Al Duhail, Al Sadd and Al Rayyan will conclude their AFC Champions League campaign with the sixth and final-round fixtures on Monday and Tuesday.
While Al Duhail and Al Sadd already advanced to the Round of 16, Al Rayyan still have a chance to make it. However, Al Gharafa bowed out of the tournament in the group stage.
On Monday, Al Rayyan will host Al Ain in Group D at the Al Sadd Stadium (18:45), while Al Sadd will play against Iran’s Persepolis in Tehran in Group C (18:00).
On Tuesday, Al Duhail will host the UAE’s Al Wahda in Group B (17:00), whereas Al Gharafa will play against Iran’s Tractorsasi Tabrezi in Group A (17:30).
Kick-offs are given in Doha time.
Al Gharafa are looking to end their campaign with a positive result following the good performance in the previous games despite failing to book a berth in the Round of 16. They will be seeking their second win over Tractorsazi having beaten them in Doha.
The Iranian side had also bowed out of the competition. Both Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) and Al Jazira (the UAE) booked their places in the next round.
Al Gharafa may rely on their young players in order to rest the main players ahead of their Qatar Cup semifinal against Al Duhail.
In Group B, Al Duhail will be keen to maintain their all-win record when they host the UAE’s Al Wahda.
Al Duhail have maximum 15 points from five wins and had progressed to the knockout stage after the fourth round, the first team to go past the group stage this year.
Al Duhail, the new QNB Stars League champions, might give chances to youngsters.
Al Sadd would be eager to keep their top spot in Group C when they clash with top Iranian side Persepolis. The Wolves had become the second Qatari club, after Al Duhail, to reach the Round of 16.
Persepolis will definitely have the home advantage.
Al Sadd are leading the group with 12 points, two ahead of Persepolis. They will also look to build on their reputation of winning the continental title in 1988 and 2011.
Al Rayyan will host Al Ain in a decisive Group D match. The Lions, coached by Dane Michael Laudrup, will seek nothing less than a win in their bid to qualify for the Round of 16.
On the other hand, Al Ain are struggling to book a knockout berth from the group as Iran’s Esteghlal have already advanced.
Al Ain have seven points, one more than Al Rayyan.