Al Ain City returns to the forefront of Asian football after an absence that lasted for two years, as Al Ain hosts its rival, Ahal Al Turkmani, at eight o’clock this evening at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the first group of the second round of the group stage of the AFC Champions League, in a match in which Al-Zaeem enters with a scorer. It is clear that the victory is to be at the top of the group, which it shares with its guest, with three points for each side.
Al Ain had won in the first round away from home over the Pakhtakor team from Uzbekistan 3-0, while Ahal defeated its guest, Al-Fayhaa of Saudi Arabia, 1-0.
Al Ain is going through its best period at the present time, as it continues to lead the ADNOC Professional League with its valuable victory last weekend outside its stadium at the expense of Al Sharjah.
The team completed its preparations for today’s confrontation by performing three training sessions under the leadership of its Dutch coach, Alfred Schroeder, during which the latter determined the players’ physical readiness, specifically, given that the confrontation with “The King” had depleted a lot of the players’ fitness reserves in light of the numerical shortage after the expulsion. Defender Kwame Otui. It is unlikely that the team’s lineup will witness changes, as the Dutchman is expected to field the same squad that played against Pakhtakor, Uzbekistan in the last round, at a time when the Romanian player Amir Ezeli is expected to continue to be absent from the Asian matches for the second match, due to the limited options in the Asian roster.
On the other hand, the Ahal Turkmen team enters the confrontation as it seeks to continue its Asian adventure following its victory in the last round over Al-Fayhaa of Saudi Arabia, which is the team’s second participation in the continental championship, as it appeared last year in the tournament for the first time in its history and failed to advance beyond the group stage after Collect only four points.
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