Mahdi Ali: Our mission has become difficult to qualify for the Round of 16

The position of the youth of Al-Ahly «Asian» complicated in 4 minutes

  • Al-Ahly youth coach: Mahdi Ali.

  • Ahmed Al-Attas tries to cut the ball in front of a player Ajmak.

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The position of Al-Ahly youth in the group stage of the AFC Champions League competition became more complicated, after the team exaggerated its progress with a goal, and met two goals in four minutes during the deadly time, to lose from the Uzbek Ajmak 1-2 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, the day before yesterday, in the third round of Group A matches, to stop the balance of Shabab Al-Ahly at one point, and the Uzbek team raised its tally to four points.

The youth of Al-Ahly now need to win the next three matches in the second stage, and despite that, the three victories will not be sufficient to give the "Dubai Knights" the card to qualify for the round of 16, after the team finished the go-stage by finishing fourth with one point, while top of the first group ranking list. The Saudi team Al Hilal scored seven points, after the "leader" defeated the Esteghlal Dushanbe of Tajikistan 3-1, while the latter was equal to four points with Ajmak, the Uzbek, who achieved the first victory in his history in the continental championship in the group stage.

Although Shabab Al-Ahly advanced with the first goal through Ahmed Al-Attas in the first half, and Ajmak's goalkeeper shone in confronting more than a dangerous opportunity for both Brazilian Carlos Eduardo and Uzbek Jalaluddin Masharibov, but the "miners" turned the tables on Al-Ahly youth in the deadly time, after He scored twice in the 87th minute and the first minute of injury time.

The "Dubai Knights" wasted several gains from the match, especially since Mahdi Ali made five changes to the squad that played the previous match against Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, and the changes were very fruitful after all who fought Suhail, Ahmed Al-Attas and Salmin Khamis appeared at a very good level, as confirmed by the Uzbek Masharibov Its positive impact on the performance of Shabab Al-Ahly's offensive line, but the team wasted an easy victory, and now needs complicated calculations in order to qualify for the round of 16, whether by obtaining the first place, which the team deviated significantly from, or by obtaining the second place and competing for the best Three teams will take second place in the five groups for West Asia.

For his part, Al-Ahly youth coach Mahdi Ali said that the task has become difficult to qualify for the final price of the continental championship, adding in a press conference: "We started the match well and with five new players in the squad, we advanced with the first goal."

He added, "We were good at the beginning of the second half, but the players' focus declined in the final part of the match and we made mistakes, including the opponent scoring two goals in the deadly time."

He concluded: "Yes, we made the task difficult for ourselves with this loss, but we must think about the next match, and strive to preserve our chances in the competition to qualify for the round of 16."

Mahdi Ali:

• “The players’ concentration decreased in the last part of the match, and we made mistakes. ”

 • “We have to think about the next match and strive to preserve our chances.”

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