Al Duhail head to Portugal ahead of Al Sadd face-off

Published on: 04 July 2019

Doha: With the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash with Al Sadd and the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League (QSL) season fast approaching, Al Duhail have set up base in the Portuguese city of Porto Mayo for a training camp.

Al Duhail, whose reign as QSL champions was ended by Al Sadd last season, ended the campaign brightly by winning the Amir Cup with a 4-1 triumph in the final over their domestic rivals.

The 2019 AFC Champions League is also a target for the Doha-based club and head coach Rui Faria wants his squad fully prepared for the showdown with domestic rivals Al Sadd.

The first leg of the Round of 16 tie will be played on August 6 and the return leg a week later.

That will be followed by the curtain raiser to the 2019-20 QSL season as both teams will face-off again in the Sheikh Jassim Cup on August 17.

Al Duhail advanced to the AFC Champions League knockout stage after finishing second behind Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia in Group C.

The winners will advance to a quarter-final matchup against either Al Nassr of Saudia Arabia or Al Wahda of the UAE.


2019 Knockout Stage Draw Highlights

The other West 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final will see the winners of the Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) and Zobahan (Islamic Republic of Iran) Round of 16 tie pitted against the victors of the match-up between Saudi Arabia clubs Al Ahli and Al Hilal.

The East quarter-finals will see defending champions Kashima Antlers of Japan facing two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande FC from China PR and Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds, champions in 2007 and 2017, locking horns with China PR’s Shanghai SIPG.