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ACL2020: We got three very important points, says Shabab Al Ahli's Khalil

Doha: Ahmed Khalil said Shabab Al Ahli Dubai secured three very important points against Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahr Khodro FC in Group B of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Monday.

Second half substitute Harib Abdallah Suhail scored the only goal of the night with 15 minutes remaining to give the UAE side their first three points of their 2020 AFC Champions League campaign.

The 2015 AFC Footballer of the Year Khalil said victory was important for his side, especially after the extended stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The win was a very positive result for us,” said Khalil. “After a long period of stoppage, the match was very difficult for us but the most important thing is that we managed to get the three points.”

The 29-year-old forward said that his side struggled during several periods of the first half before producing a good performance in the second period to take the points.

Group B - MD3: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 1-0 Shahr Khodro FC

“The start of the match was good for us as we controlled the proceedings but things changed before going into the break,” he said. “However, our performance improved in the second half and managed to get the three points.”

Despite the victory, Khalil warned that the three remaining matches in the group stage will be difficult for his side and that they must fight in order to advance to the knockout stage.

“The AFC Champions League is an important competition and each match is important in its own,” he said. "All the matches will be very difficult and we should concentrate in order to advance from the group stage.”

Shabab Al Ahli play Shahr Khodro again on Thursday and need to win to stay in touch with leaders Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor.

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