Round of 16 - 1st Leg: What They Said
Kuala Lumpur: We are closer to identifying the four West Asian 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finalists following the first leg of the Round of 16 on Monday and Tuesday.
Social media posts, joy and disappointment all feature as the-AFC.com recaps on what was said in the latest edition of the Continent's most prestigious competition.
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Al Hilal SFC head coach Razvan Lucescu in his summary of his first competitive match in charge, which saw his team come from behind twice to register a valuable 4-2 win away against Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Very good first outing for our team.— Bafétimbi Gomis (@BafGomis) August 6, 2019
I was so Glad to find so many people at the stadium, for this beautiful victory.
The hardest remains to be done, we will do everything to continue as this inshallah, thanks again for your messages and support. #thelioniscoming 🐾🐾💙 #asia pic.twitter.com/rz2tPRkaCl
"I want to sincerely thank my family, my friends, all the fans and all my dearest clubs for celebrating my birthday and the love you have shown me. You made this day great. The treble made the lion happy."
Al Hilal SFC's hat-trick hero Bafétimbi Gomis took to social media to express his gratitude after his sterling performance against Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Newly-installed head coach Xavi reflected on his first competitive match in charge of Al Sadd as the Spanish legend makes the transition from player to coach with the Doha-based club.
If you missed this from a few days ago, few actions to concentrate on over here:— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) August 7, 2019
1️⃣ : The pitch perfect cross from @sultan_ghannam
2️⃣ : The timing and the header from @AbderrazzakHam3
Just keep 🔁. #ACL2019 pic.twitter.com/jBP3tbxhmn
Al Nassr head coach Rui Vitoria was left to rue his team's missed chances after his side were held 1-1 by Al Wahda in the first leg, giving the UAE club a valuable away goal.
Al Ittihad head coach Jose Luis Sierra expresses his satisfaction with his team’s performance in the 2-1 victory over Zobahan FC, which was achieved after the club found themselves trailing within 10 minutes.
💥 The #ACL2019 Allianz Goal of the Week is back!— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) August 8, 2019
🎯 Hadadifar’s free-kick
👀 Afif wrong-footing Lecomte
🔥 Hamdallah’s diving header
👏 Msakni returning in style
Vote for your favourite 👉 https://t.co/fzd7meQjHF pic.twitter.com/ADVx6DRKRH
"We played better in the second half but could have held onto the ball better when in possession. Unfortunately we conceded from a corner and the bad result followed. Now we must go and train for a week and hopefully we can get back into the tie."
Zobahan's goalscoring captain Ghasem Hadadifar saw positives and negatives in his side's performance, but the 2-1 defeat to Al Ittihad means there is plenty of work to be done in Monday's second leg.
“It was a positive result away from home. We’ve still got 90 minutes on our own turf in front of our fans. We’ll work hard for them to achieve our goal and reach the quarter-finals.”
Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Milesi was satisfied with Al Wahda's 1-1 draw against Al Nassr and is now hoping home support can help the Emiratis finish the job off on Monday.
“Mohanad is a new player and he is new to the team so including him from the beginning of the match would have been wrong as he does not know the strategy of the team ... [he] needs more time to adapt and know the tactics of the team."
Al Duhail coach Rui Faria explains why new signing Mohanad Ali was not selected in the starting line-up against Al Sadd. The Iraqi striker (above) was, though, brought on midway through the second half.
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