Ahli win thriller, reach quarters

The two sides played to a goalless draw in the first-leg in Rashid Stadium in Dubai.

Al Ain started with a lot of purpose and were rewarded within four minutes with a goal.

Mohammad Fayez ran through the Al Ahli defence from the left and passed to striker Asamoah Gyan, who controlled it and turned to hammer a shot past goalkeeper Ahmad Ashoori to make the score 1-0.

In the 25th minute Al Ain's Omar Abdul Rahman sent in a perfect cross only for Jires Kembo-Ekoko to miss with a tap-in by missing the ball completely in front of goal. 

Al Ain went into the half-time leading 1-0 but lost their way after the change of ends. 

In the second half Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu brought on Luis Jemenez and Ahli were a different side.

In the 51st minute the visitors equalised after Humeid Salmein sneaked in with a header from a corner to draw level.

Two minutes later Ahli took the lead when Khalil  latched onto a through ball from the right from Jemenez, blasting home with a low shot on the run to make the score 2-1.

In the 56th minute Khalil doubled the lead after he scored from a rebound following a shot from Everton Ribeiro that was blocked by Al Ain keeper Khalid Eisa.

Ain pressed hard and pulled a goal back to reduce the margin to 3-2 thanks to Asamoah Gyan's second goal of the night 10 minutes from time.

Raseed Eisa made it 3-3 with an injury time strike but it was not enough as Ahli went through after the first-leg between the sides ended in a goalless draw.

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