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Doha: Goals from South American duo Gonzalo Viera and Victor Caceres ensured Al Rayyan’s quest for a first-ever place in the AFC Champions League knockout phase got off to the best possible start as they defeated Al Wahda 2-1 in their Group D opener on Tuesday.

Uruguayan defender Viera handed Al Rayyan the lead on 13 minutes after heading in from a corner but Korean full-back Rim Chang-woo restored parity ten minutes before the half-time break after volleying home from another set-piece.

Michael Laudrup’s Qatari champions were not to be denied the three points in front of their fans, though, as from yet another dead ball situation – this time a free-kick wide on the right – the ball eventually reached Paraguay midfielder Caceres who headed past Al Wahda goalkeeper Rashed Ali to give Al Rayyan the lead on the hour mark and all three points on the night.