AFC Champions League — Lokomotiv 1 Al Duhail 2
Qatar’s Al Duhail qualified for the knockout stage from Group B of the AFC Champions League with a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv in Tashkent on Monday.
It was a late two-goal effort from star Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi that saw new QNB Stars League champions Al Duhail through and the stunning away win made them the first team to qualify for the Round of 16.
It was Al Duhail’s fourth successive victory.
After missing many chances early in the game, Uzbekistan international Sardor Rashidov gave Lokomotiv the lead in the 35th minute, slotting home Shukhrat Mukhammadiev’s cutback to score his second goal of the tournament.
Lokomotiv went on to end the half with a 1-0 lead and could have been further ahead had it not been for the heroics of Al Duhail keeper Amine Lecomte.
In the second half, Al Duhail went on the offensive in search of an equaliser, but were reduced to just a single shot on target in the face of a defiant defensive display from Lokomotiv.
The hosts were almost winning when Al Duhail were awarded a penalty in the 90th minute after Almoez Ali was felled in the box by Salim Mustafoev. El Arabi stepped up and duly dispatched the spot-kick to net his fifth goal of the campaign.
And there was still time for a dramatic conclusion as, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, El Arabi showed great composure to deceive his marker and finish past Ignatiy Nesterov to complete his side’s great comeback in dramatic fashion.
Both teams have away fixtures coming up in the fifth round, with Al Duhail facing Zob Ahan in Isfahan and Lokomotiv travelling to Abu Dhabi to take on Al Wahda.