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AFC Champions League Review: Al Ain hit six against Esteghlal as Al-Ahli defeat Al-Ahli

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 May 2017

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Al Ain thrashed Esteghlal 6-1 to overturn their first-leg deficit and reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate triumph.

Having lost the first leg in Iran, Al Ain – beaten finalists last season – did not look back after Caio’s volley gave them the lead after 27 minutes, producing a supreme performance.

Caio struck again before half-time and two impressive finishes from Omar Abdulrahman as well as a strike from Lee Myung-joo had the side from United Arab Emirates five up on the night by the hour mark.

Nassir Al Shamrani made it six for Al Ain, with Kaveh Rezaei’s late free-kick for Esteghlal the visitors’ only resistance as they exited the competition.

In Monday’s other game, two-time runners-up Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia defeated their namesakes Al-Ahli from the United Arab Emirates 3-1 in the second leg of their last-16 tie, sealing a 4-2 aggregate victory.

After the first encounter ended one apiece, Christian Gross’ side seized control with two goals in the first 24 minutes, Taiseer Al Jassam’s close-range strike followed up by Hussain Al-Mogahwi’s impressive effort into the top corner.

Makhete Diop was sent off for the home side after receiving a second yellow card just before the hour mark, denting their hopes of a comeback.

And Saad Abdulameer sealed the Saudis’ progress with a penalty after Salman Muwashar had been brought down by home goalkeeper Majed Naser.  

Asamoah Gyan scored a stoppage-time spot-kick for the trailing Emirati side, but it was far too little, too late.

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