VIDEO: Momen Zakaria scores as Al Ahli seal top spot in AFC CL group
Egypt’s Momen Zakaria has scored in Al Ahli’s 2-1 victory over UAE side Al Jazira in the last gameweek of the AFC Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
The Saudi Pro League side sealed the top spot in Group A after claiming their fourth win in the group stage. They top the group with 14 points, six ahead of second-placed Al Jazira.
The visitors needed only six minutes to open the scoring at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium after Hamdan Al Shamrani’s pass found Salah Al Amri inside the box and the latter sent the ball into the back of the net to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Al Jazira were looking for an equaliser when Zakaria doubled his side’s lead on the half-hour mark. The Egypt international sent a shot from the edge of the box into goalkeeper Abdulrahman Al Ameri’s net.
This marked Zakaria’s third goal with the Saudi Arabian side on the continental level after he scored against Al-Garrafa and Tractor Sazi Tabriz.
The hosts managed to reduce the deficit in the second half after Romarinho capitalised on a poor clearance from Al Ahli’s defence to make it 2-1 in the 68th minute. Al Jazira pushed for an equaliser in the remaining 20 minutes but failed to take their chances.
Group winners Al Ahli will face Qatari side Al Sadd, who finished second in Group C. Meanwhile, runners-up Al Jazria will play against Iran’s Iersepolis FC in the round of 16.
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