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Round of 16 - 1st Leg: What They Said


Saturday, August 10, 2019
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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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"If there were no mistakes in football, all matches would end goalless, but for me, the most important thing is that we came back into the game well."

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.
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

— Bafétimbi Gomis (@BafGomis) August 6, 2019

"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.


🎙️ Xavi: We were the better side and deserved more than this result

🔗 https://t.co/2RI2dk7mWd#AlSadd #ACL2019 pic.twitter.com/XVr5gYjQtk

— AlSadd S.C | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) August 6, 2019

“My only disappointment today is that we didn’t win. It is not a bad result as we scored an away goal, but we deserved more than that. What makes me happy is how the players performed on the pitch.”

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.


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Just keep 🔁. #ACL2019 pic.twitter.com/jBP3tbxhmn

— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) August 7, 2019

“We started very well and had several chances, we didn’t take them. Al Wahda did and they scored from their only real chance."

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.

Round of 16 1st Leg: Al Ittihad vs Zobahan FC

“It is our first competitive match of the season as well. So, overall, I’m satisfied with our performance and I can only expect the team to get better with every passing game.”

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.


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👀 Afif wrong-footing Lecomte
🔥 Hamdallah’s diving header
👏 Msakni returning in style

Vote for your favourite 👉 https://t.co/fzd7meQjHF pic.twitter.com/ADVx6DRKRH

— AFC Champions League (@TheAFCCL) August 8, 2019

"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.


Resultado positivo de visitante. Faltan 90 minutos en casa, trabajaremos duro para lograr el objetivo 💪🏻🇱🇻 @TheAFCCL pic.twitter.com/PhQaqr2rxz

— Nicolás Milesi ⚽️ (@Nico_1_milesi) August 5, 2019

“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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