Asian Champions League Lost 4-1 in the semi-final first leg
It seems as though Al Sadd are set to fall at the semi-final stage of the Asian Champions League for the second year in a row after losing 4-1 to Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal in Qatar.
This is Xavi Hernandez‘s first year as a head coach, which makes Al Sadd‘s journey to the semi-finals all the more impressive, but he will have to use his experience from his playing days to try and rally his troops ahead of the second leg on October 22.
Everything started well for Al Sadd as Bafetimbi Gomis scored an own goal, but the match soon turned on its head as the Frenchman then equalised in the 33rd minute before Al Sadd defender Abdelkarim Hassan, the Asian Ballon d’Or in 2018, received a red card for protesting the referee’s decision.
Xavi‘s side, far from responding to being a man down, collapsed as Gomis grabbed his second on the hour mark, with Mohammad Al-Shalhoub making it 4-1 seven minutes later.
Now, Al-Hilal are on the cusp of reaching the Asian Champions League final, unless Xavi‘s Al Sadd are able to cause an upset and win in Saudi Arabia by three goals or more.