Dominant Al Duhail march past Al Ain into last eight

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Al Duhail enhanced their credentials as AFC Champions League title contenders after beating Al Ain 4-1 on Tuesday to complete an 8-3 aggregate win in the Round of 16.

Already leading 4-2 from last week’s first leg, Al Duhail opened the scoring at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium after 12 minutes when Nam Tae-hee did well to jink his way free down the left and drill in a low cross that Mohamed Ahmed could only divert into his own goal.

Right on the hour mark, the Qatari hosts doubled their lead when Ismaeel Mohammad drilled in a cross from the right that Al Ain keeper Khalid Eisa was just unable to tip to safety, allowing Youssef El-Arabi to convert from close range.

Despite having already effectively sealed their progress into the quarter-finals, Duhail refused to take their foot off the pedal and got their third of the evening nine minutes into the second half.

Bombing forward from defence, left-back Sultan Al-Brake got in behind the opposition defence and, although his initial effort was saved by Khalid, Ismaeel was on hand to slot home on the follow-up.

And, six minutes from time, El-Arabi completed the rout when he completed the rout from the penalty spot, after Bassam Al-Rawi’s ferocious shot had been blocked by the hand of Mohanad Salem.

Nonetheless, Al Ain did grab a consolation deep into injury-time when Omar Abdulrahman sent Amine Lecomte the wrong way with a penalty of his own, after he had been felled inside the area by Abdullah Al-Ahrak.

AL DUHAIL: Amine Lecomte, Murad Naji, Mohammed Musa, Lucas Mendes, Sultan Al-Brake, Luiz Junior, Karim Boudiaf (Bassam Al-Rawi 69’), Ismaeel Mohammad, Nam Tae-hee (Abdullah Al-Ahrak 75’), Almoez Ali (Ali Afif 66’), Youssef El-Arabi.

AL AIN: Khalid Eisa, Mohamed Ahmed, Ismail Ahmed (Bandar Al-Ahbabi 46’), Mohanad Salem, Tsukasa Shiotani, Ahmed Barman (Amer Abdulrahman 59’), Mohammad Abdulrahman, Hussein El Shahat, Omar Abdulrahman, Rayan Yaslam, Ahmed Khalil (Ibrahim Diaky 69’).