AFC Champions League - Group B: Al Duhail SC Stay Perfect

Published April 17th, 2018 - 04:23 GMT
Duhail's players celebrate scoring during their AFC Champions League match between Qatar's Al-Duhail and Emirates' Al-Wahda at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha on April 17, 2018.
KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
Duhail's players celebrate scoring during their AFC Champions League match between Qatar's Al-Duhail and Emirates' Al-Wahda at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha on April 17, 2018. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Qatar's Al Duhail finished their 2018 AFC Champions League Group B campaign with a 1-0 win over Al Wahda of the UAE on Tuesday, ending the group stage with a perfect record of six wins.

Al Duhail head coach Djamel Belmadi handed starts to a number of youngsters and one of them almost repaid his trust in the 21st minute. Abdullah Al Ahrak had a free header following Mourad Naji's cross, but it was saved by Al Wahda keeper Mohamed Al Shamsi.

The reply from the visitors came through star man Balazs Dzsudzsak, who produced two brilliant attempts in the space of one minute. First, the Hungarian sent a scorching effort at goal from thirty yards out, and then, he tried to curl one in directly from a corner. However, Amine Lecomte was alert on both occasions to keep the ball out.

The hosts were handed an advantage in the 39th minute when Al Wahda defender Salem Sultan was sent off after pulling down Youssef El Arabi who was through on goal.

Al Duhail took advantage of their numerical superiority and opened the scoring just two minutes into the second half, as young winger Fahmi netted with aplomb following a fine give-and-go with El Arabi.

The match saw little action at either half thereafter, and only came alive in the 84th minute, when Al Duhail were also reduced to ten men after Lucas Mendes was shown his marching orders.

The decision had no effect on the result and Al Duhail held on to clinch their sixth straight victory and become just the fourth side in history to win all their group games in the AFC Champions League.

Belmadi's men will now play Group D runners-up Al Ain in the Round of 16.

Source: The AFC

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