Mamic be­moans too many ‘mis­takes’ as Al Ain crash out

Sport360 - - Football - By Matt Mon­aghan @mattmon­aghan360 mattmon­

Al Ain coach Zo­ran Mamic be­moaned “mis­takes over both the games” as Al Duhail made them pay a heavy price in the 2018 AFC Cham­pi­ons League’s round of 16.

The clash of the do­mes­tic dou­ble winners turned into a land­slide vic­tory for the Qataris. Djamel Bel­madi’s un­de­feated QNB Stars League hold­ers scored four times in both legs against their Ara­bian Gulf League-win­ning ri­vals, com­ing away from Tues­day’s de­cider at Doha’s Ab­dul­lah bin Khal­ifa Sta­dium with an 8-3 ag­gre­gate vic­tory.

“If we an­a­lyse, we can see that we made mis­takes over both the games,” said Mamic, whose hopes of over­turn­ing a 4-2 open­ing de­feat swiftly evap­o­rated.

“You need to be a top team to be able to ex­ploit these mis­takes and Al Duhail did just that.”

An own goal from UAE de­fender Mo­hamed Ahmed and Morocco cen­tre for­ward Youssef El Arabi’s tap-in made it 2-0 within 30 min­utes.

A pair of sec­ond-half goals from Qatar for­ward Is­mael Mo­ham­mad and El Arabi’s sec­ond, this time from the penalty spot, guar­an­teed a 20th-suc­ces­sive win in all com­pe­ti­tions for Duhail. 2016 AFC Player of the Year Omar Ab­dul­rah­man got a late con­so­la­tion from 12 yards for the Boss.

A gra­cious Mamic con­ceded the best team had gone through.

He said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Al Duhail on reach­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal; they de­serve it.

“They played very good foot­ball, play­ing it sim­ple and not com­pli­cat­ing things, with one-two touches and a lot of speed.

“They have such play­ers in the team (who are ca­pa­ble of that) and they used that very well. This is the for­mula to be suc­cess­ful.”

This ham­mer­ing made it the first time since 2014 that no UAE side made the last-eight and de­nied Al Ain a third-suc­ces­sive quar­ter-fi­nal.

The Boss were with­out Sweden No9 Mar­cus Berg be­cause of ill­ness and Brazil­ian for­ward Caio through sus­pen­sion in Doha.

He said: “We missed two im­por­tant play­ers – Caio and Berg.

“We didn’t have re­place­ments who could be of that qual­ity. But that’s not the rea­son we lost the game.”

Bossed: Zo­ran Mamic.

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