A bungled penalty kick proved costly as Qatar’s El Jaish beat former champions Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in their Group D AFC Champions League encounter on Wednesday.
The Qatari outfit took the lead after just nine minutes following some early pressure, Romarinho passing it to Sardor Rashidov, whose cutback allowed Abderrazzaq Hamedallah to convert from close range.
Rashidov and Hamedallah continued to cause problems, although Al Ain were also finding a way back into the contest, with solid chances falling to both Mohamed Abdulrahman and Douglas – though neither could convert.
The home side were made to pay for this misses right on the stroke of half-time, as Hamedallah played provider for Romarinho, who collected the ball and fired past the goalkeeper to put his side 2-0 up.
Al Ain fought back strongly in the second half, Fellipe Bastos smashing a shot into the side-netting early on, and five minutes later they were gifted a way back into the match when Bastos was brought down in the penalty area by Othman Al Yahri.
Unfortunately, Douglas’ first effort was ruled out due to his players encroaching in the area, and his second effort was saved in goal by Khalifa Ababacar.
Douglas was given another chance from the spot 25 minutes from time when Khaled Al Zereq brought down Lee Myung-joo, and this time he converted, but there were no further goals and El Jaish held on for the valuable 2-1 result.