Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Al Jazira to face-off Al Ain on Asian stage  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 06/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Rst time two uae teams will clash in the history of afc elite al jazira goalkeeper ali khaseif during a training session. — supplied photothere was elation and also a sense of disappointment when al jazira and al ain made the cut from group a and group c. elation that two teams made it to the round of 16 but disappointment that only one of them will be left standing.al jazira welcome al ain to the mohammed bin zayed stadium in a lip-smacking last 16 clash of the afc champions league on tuesday night. the return leg will be played at the hazza bin zayed stadium on may 13 and only one of them can make it through to the quarterfinals.in a ideal world it would have been great to see both teams going through but it is not one after all. it is the first time in history that two uae teams will take on each other in the elite asian club competition. and whoever goes through it will be the first time since 2007 that the uae will have a team in the quarterfinals.al ain had won the inaugural edition in 2003 and were runners-up in 2005. al wahda had reached the semifinals in 2007. the only uae clubs to have got past the group stages of the competition were al jazira and bani yas in 2012 and al shabab who did it last year. but none of them had reached the round of 16. both al jazira and al ain powered through their respective groups with a game to spare. al jazira made the cut for the second time in three years after finishing second behind saudi arabia’s al shabab. they had previously made it to the round of 16 in 2011. al ain though qualified for the first time since 2006 after sealing the top spot in their group. this is al jazira’s sixth appearance in the asian competition while al ain are making their ninth appearance.al jazira coach walter zenga spoke about playing offensive football and that has shown. the spiders netted 12 goals in the group stage to emerge as the joint-second highest scoring team in the competition with saudi arabian clubs al hilal and al shabab. but they have also leaked 10 goals the second-highest total among the 16. al jazira have enough firepower in ali ahmed mabkhout felipe caicedo young and rising star ahmed rabia al ghilani and abdelaziz barrada but have been hit by injuries. they will be without midfielder abdulla mousa and defender juma abdulla.al jazira would be buoyed by the return of defender khalid sabeel who is back after serving a one-match ban for receiving two yellow cards during the group stage. “we have the same injuries from the last game the same squad and the same problems. it is still our problem and we are used to it now. but i think my team is ready.they have had a good season. it could have been great had we beaten al ahli in the final (arabian league cup). our target was to qualify for the afc champions league and reach a final. of course you need to put one point and say that this is going to be a perfect season” said zenga.meanwhile al ain have not won any of their previous seven away matches in the knockout stage drawing three games and losing four. while their away record in the competition is generally poor with only four wins in 28 matches on the road they did manage to end a run of 16 away matches in the group stage without a victory when they beat lekhwiya 5-0 in qatar last month.al ain are the highest scoring team in the competition with 14 goals while striker asamoah gyan is the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals one ahead of al hilal’s nassir al shamrani.gyan along with omar abdulrahman yassine el ghanassy and ibrahim diaky can get through the tightest defences. but al ain will be sweating on the fitness of striker alex brosque. the australian is recovering from an ankle injury and is a doubtful starter. he may play a part during the game.“we have been playing without him (brosque) for some time now but we played well despite this absence. i will be keen on playing with fit players as we also have to take care of the second leg” said al ain coach zlatko dalic. their domestic tussles favour al jazira with the spiders beating al ain 2-1 last december and drawing 2-2 last week in the arabian gulf league. al jazira also beat al ain 3-1 in the arabian gulf cup. but it is a different competition and a different situation. this should be an interesting one.


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Dec 18 2014 - First Etihad superjumbo to take off next weekAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) The maiden flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place next week, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Saudi crude oil exports grow to 6.9m bpd in Oct.MENAFN
(MENAFN) Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia shipped more crude oil in October than a month earlier while volumes used by domestic refineries remained high allowing more oil products exports, official data ...

 Dec 18 2014 - MEA ICT spending to hit USD270b in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) According to a recent report by International Data Corporation (IDC), the Middle East and Africa spending on information and communications technology (ICT) is expected to register a growth ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Expo 2020 to generate USD37.83b in revenue for DubaiMENAFN
(MENAFN) The UAE Ministry of Economy said that it expects the Expo 2020 to bring financial returns of about USD37.83 billion to Dubai, as well as attract more than 25 million visitors, 70 percent of ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Qatar Airways to boost Oman's Salalah serviceMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar Airways announced it is planning to add four new services to Salalah, Oman's second largest city, by next February, thus bringing the number of its flights to the city to eight weekly ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Abraaj , Kellogg bidding war intensifies over Egypt's Bisco MisrMENAFN
(MENAFN) The bidding war between UAE's Abraaj Investment Management and Kellogg Co, the breakfast cereal maker, with each company continuously outbidding the other for the acquisition of Egypt's ...

 Dec 18 2014 - UAE's ME Digital Group acquires CoboneMENAFN
(MENAFN) Middle East Digital Group, the online publishing, content and services company and owner of Expatwoman.com, announced it has acquired the online coupon website Cobone in a multi-million ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Dubai's real estate to lead economic growth in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai's Department of Economic Development said that it expects real estate and construction will likely drive economic growth in 2015, which is expected to grow 4.5 percent next year ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Oman's Orpic to invest USD3.6b on increasing productionMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) announced that its production capacity of polypropylene and polyethylene will increase to 1.4 million tons, when its USD3.6 ...

 Dec 18 2014 - Qatar- HH the Emir, HH the Father Emir Attend National Day Parade -1Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The parade started with the national anthem and the firing of 18-shot gun to celebrate the National Day, followed by a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The parade included ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help