Jeonbuk Hyundai vs Al Ain: Key Battles

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The first leg of the AFC Champions League final will take place in Korea on Saturday. FOX Sports Asia takes a look at someone of the individual battles on the pitch that may settle the tie.

Omar Abdulrahman vs Lee Jae-sung

As talented as Omar Abdulrahman is, the Emirati superstar does not play against opposition as physical as the Koreans very often. Jeonbuk will obviously look to shut Abdulrahman down in a a bid to stifle Al Ain’s creativity. Their all action midfielder Lee Jae-sung is an obvious candidate because of his strength and physical presence, although coach Choi Kang-hee could opt instead to use defender Choi Chul-soon in a man-marking role as he did in the first leg of the semifinal.

Kim Shin-wook vs Ismail Ahmed

The Al Ain vice-captain will have his hands full trying to contain the big target man, who despite looking ungainly gets through a lot of good work and links Jeonbuk’s attacking play extremely efficiently. Ahmed (6ft 3in) will give away a three inch height advantage to Kim so he will find it hard to win to win headers against the giant Korean, but he will need to use his anticipation to get to the ball first to cut off Kim’s supply of flicks and deft touches.

Caio vs Park Won-jae

The tricky Brazilian winger provides a constant threat down the right side for Al Ain with his pace and will provide the experienced Park with a stern test. Caio has been a revelation for Al Ain since arriving from J.League side Kashima Antlers scoring goals for fun and regularly providing assists. Park will have to concentrate on defensive duties, which may curtail his forward forays which are a feature of his play for Jeonbuk.

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