Boudiaf boost for Al Duhail against Perse­po­lis

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Karim Boudiaf im­pressed in Qatar’s 3-0 win over Pales­tine in an in­ter­na­tional friendly on Tues­day and that is good news for Al Duhail ahead of their 2018 AFC Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal re­turn leg against Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran’s Perse­po­lis on Mon­day.

Mid­fielder Boudiaf missed the first leg, which Al Duhail won 1-0, and the skip­per’s re­turn from knee surgery is just what the Qatar club need in what is sure to be a mas­sive test for them in the im­pos­ing Azadi Sta­dium.

Al Duhail are chas­ing an AFC Cham­pi­ons League record of 10 con­sec­u­tive wins but in Perse­po­lis, they will face a side who have a per­fect record of four home wins in the Con­ti­nent’s premier club tour­na­ment this season.

The Azadi Sta­dium will be at its roar­ing best as Perse­po­lis at­tempt to over­turn the first leg deficit, some­thing which they did in the Round of 16 against Al Jazira of the United Arab Emi­rates, win­ning the re­turn leg 2-1 af­ter hav­ing lost the first tie 3-2 to ad­vance on away goals.

While Al Duhail coped with Boudiaf’s absence in the first leg against Perse­po­lis, his im­pos­ing pres­ence will fur­ther add sta­bil­ity to a side who have im­pressed through­out the season.

Boudiaf, who suf­fered the knee in­jury in Al Duhail’s Sheikh Jas­sim Cup loss to Al Rayyan on Au­gust 2, has played a piv­otal role in his team’s surge in the 2018 AFC Cham­pi­ons League with three goals to his name.

Boudiaf net­ted twice in the 3-1 win over Zoba­han and scored the sec­ond of Al Duhail’s three goals in a nar­row 3-2 tri­umph against Al Wahda on Match­day Two.

Al­moez Ali’s header gave Al Duhail the win over Perse­po­lis in the first leg and with Boudiaf back, coach Na­bil Maaloul will be op­ti­mistic his team will leave Azadi Sta­dium on Mon­day as win­ners and record set­ters.

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