The Saudi youth confirmed their eligibility to reach the final price of the AFC Champions League, as they outperformed Al Jazira 2-0 in the confrontation that took place on Tuesday evening, April 26, for the sixth and final round of the group stage of the continental competition.
Al Shabab scored their first goal in the 69th minute through Cameroonian John Mary, and the second goal came through Brazilian Paulinho in the 88th minute, to end the meeting with Al Leith winning with two goals without a response.
In the same group, the Indian Mumbai City surprised and won (1-0) over the Iraqi Air Force, and the winning team scored its goal through the Brazilian Diego Mauricio at the 31st minute of the first half.
Al-Shabab had secured the next round and topped the second group since the last round, and with the end of the group stage, it managed to reach the 16th point to confirm its lead.
The final standings of the second group in the AFC Champions League
- Saudi Youth: 16 points (qualified for the final eight);
- India’s Mumbai City: 7 points (quit the tournament);
- Iraqi Air Force: 4 points (quit the championship);
- Al-Jazira, UAE: 4 points (quit the tournament).
Al-Taawoun is eliminated from the AFC Champions League after losing to Pakhtakor
Within the fourth group matches, Al Duhail of Qatar ended its successful campaign in the group stage of the AFC Champions League, and managed to win (5-2) over Sepahan Isfahan of Iran, to confirm its superiority and reach the 15th point at the top of the group.
Al Duhail’s goals came through Kenyan Michael Olunga “two goals”, Brazilian Edmilson Junior “two goals” and Tunisian Ferjani Sassi, while the goals of Sepahan Iranian Mohammad Nejad Mehdi and Soroush Rafii scored.
Saudi Al-Taawoun lost an exciting match (4-5) against Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor, so the team lost its chance to qualify for the AFC Champions League final price within the best 3 seconds.
The final standings of Group D in the AFC Champions League
- Al Duhail, Qatar: 15 points (qualified for the final eight);
- Saudi cooperation: 7 points (by leaving the tournament);
- Iran’s Sepahan: 7 points (quit the tournament);
- Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor: 6 points (quit the tournament).
Foulad Al-Iran tied with Shabab Al-Ahly of the United Arab Emirates, after they reached the final price
In the third group, the Iranian Foolad settled the battle for the lead after a 1-1 draw with Al-Ahly of the United Arab Emirates in the sixth round, and Foolad advanced at the 72nd minute through Brazilian Luciano Pereira, and Shabab Al-Ahly tied by Emirati Yahya Al-Ghassani in the 83rd minute, and the two teams had guaranteed Promotion to the next round since the last round.
In the same group (the third), the Qatari Al-Gharafa lost (2-4) to the people of Turkmenistan, to freeze its balance at 5 points, in third place, a point ahead of the bottom of the standings table.
The final standings of Group C in the AFC Champions League
- Folad Al-Irani: 12 points (qualified for the final eight);
- Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, UAE: 10 points (qualified for the final price);
- Qatar’s Al Gharafa: 5 points (quit the tournament);
- Ahl of Turkmenistan: 4 points (quit the tournament).
The team that ranked first in each of the five groups, along with the top 3 second-placed clubs, qualifies for the round of 16 in the AFC Champions League. The results of Tuesday, April 26, resulted in an “indirect” nomination for the Qatari Al Rayyan; Guaranteed a place among the best second-place teams.