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Marmar proud of Al Ahed's second half resurgence

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tarek Al Ali - Al Ahed - Hilal Al Quds - 2020 AFC Cup

Beirut: Al Ahed FC head coach Bassem Marmar said his players gave an exceptional second half performance to edge Hilal Alquds 2-1 in their 2020 AFC Cup Group A tie at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium on Monday.

The AFC Cup defending champions found themselves behind after only 15 minutes as Fayeq Mahamid gave the visitors the lead but Tarek El Ali and Ahmed Zreik scored in the second half to give Al Ahed their first win of the year.

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Marmar, who steered Al Ahed FC to their first Continental title last year, said his side managed to get a positive result despite their recent difficulties.

“We didn’t play any official match in the last four months,” said Marmar to local media. "The players, however, had a great performance especially in the second half as we managed to make a good comeback.

"I urged the players at half time to give their best because they are the defending champions.”

Group A - MD1: Al Ahed FC 2-1 Hilal Alquds Club

Hilal Alquds head coach Amjed Taha said his side had a good match but they struggled with the pitch conditions which affected the performance of both teams.

“We played well but the pitch conditions affected us as it was not good for football,” said Taha.

“We tried our best to have a good performance despite these conditions.

“However, we had several young players who had a satisfying performance,” he added. “I hope that we can improve further in the upcoming matches.”

Hilal Alquds host Al Jaish in Amman in two weeks while Al Ahed travel to Bahrain next where they face Manama.

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