Shabab Al-Ahly seeks to achieve its second victory in the group stage of the AFC Champions League, when it meets Ahal Al-Turkmani, in the fifth round of Group C matches at 9:15 pm today, at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Radiant Jewel) in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia.
The Dubai Knights enter the meeting with high spirits, after the team achieved its first victory in the competition by defeating the Qatari Al-Gharafa in the last round with eight goals to two, so that Al-Ahly youth advanced to the second place in the group with six points, while the team hopes that the leader of the standings, Foolad, will stumble. The Iranian, who has eight points, meets Al-Gharafa, who has five points.
Coach Mahdi Ali hopes that Al-Ahly youth will continue its strong performances, and that the Al-Gharafa match will be the real “starting point” for the team, especially that the victory over Ahal will enhance the team’s chances of leading the group standings and qualifying for the round of 16 without relying on qualification accounts through the center. The second, which stipulates the qualification of the best three teams occupying second place in the five groups of West Asian clubs. The “engineer” is betting on the wonderful state that the players have reached, especially in the offensive line, which was one of the team’s most prominent weaknesses in the first three matches in the first leg, after the Norwegian Thomas Olsen scored his first two goals in the continental competition, while Argentine star Federico Cartabia continued His brilliance after saving the team from losing against Foolad and Al-Gharafa in the second and third rounds, scoring the equalizer in the two matches in the same way in the first minute of stoppage time. As for the young player, Mohamed Gomaa Pele, he confirmed that he is one of the most prominent winning cards on which Mahdi Ali relies, Along with Yahya Al-Ghasani, he presented the addition to the performance of the “Dubai Knights” at the offensive level.
On the other hand, international star Omar Abdul Rahman will be the focus of the attention of the followers, after his wonderful performance against Al Gharafa in the last round, as Al Ahly youth fans hope that Amouri will continue his creativity, and that the AFC Champions League will be the real start for the best player in Asia 2016 with “Fursan” Dubai”, after Amouri suffered more than one injury that kept him from participating in many matches during the current season.
For his part, the Turkmen Ahal team is playing the match and has poor chances of competing for the second place, as it has one point in its balance in fourth place, while Al-Ahly youth will be required to be careful after the Turkmen team, in its first historical participation in the AFC Champions League, got the first point in its history. By drawing with the “Dubai Knights” in the first round, Ahal also scored one goal so far in the continental competition, which came against Al-Ahly youth.
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