8/7/2019 12:12:02 AM

Al Sadd, Al Duhail face off in AFC Champions League

Al Sadd, Al Duhail face off in AFC Champions League

DOHA: Top Qatari sides Al Duhail and Al Sadd will clash in their AFC Champions League Round of 16 first-leg match here at the Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah) on Tuesday. 

The kick-off is at 19:00 Doha time.

Amir Cup champions Duhail qualified for the knockout stage by finishing as runners-up (nine points) in Group C behind Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal (13 points). Iran’s Esteghlal and the UAE’s Al Ain were the other teams in the group.

Sadd, who are the reigning Qatar Stars League champions, made it to the Round of 16 by topping Group D which also had Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli, Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor and Iran’s Persepolis. The Wolves ended their group-stage campaign with a loss to Persepolis, but still were on top with 10 points.

Duhail, who had their pre-season camp in Portugal, will have their Yousef Msakni in attack. The Tunisian was loaned out to Qatar-owned KAS Eupen in Belgium. The attacking midfielder had represented Duhail for long, playing a crucial part in their 2017-18 QNB Stars League triumph, before he suffered a knee injury towards the end of that season.

The signing of Iraqi striker Mohanad Ali has bolstered Duhail, who also have Bassam Al Rawi, Almeoz Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Mehdi Benatia, Luis Martin, Ali Afif and Asim Madibo among others.

On the other hand, Sadd will be playing their first competitive match under their former captain and Spanish midfield great Xavi Hernandez, who replaced Portuguese Jesualdo Ferreira ahead of this season.

Sadd boasts of the presence of South Korean playmaker Nam Tae-Hee, who donned the Al Duhail colours for seven seasons. Akram Afif, Baghdad Bounedjah, Hassan Al Haidous, Abdelkarim Hassan, Hamed Ismail, Jung Woo-Young and Pedro are other top players in their rank. 

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