Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan captained UAE side Al Ain on Wednesday night as they held their compatriots Al Ahli to a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 Asian Champions League encounter.
Gyan was unlucky not to have scored in the game as he fluffed some chances while the opposing goalkeeper had to be at his best to stop the Ghanaian.
After going into the match as favourites due to their greater experience in this continental competition, Al Ain will still hold the advantage when the return leg is held on home turf on May 27.
With home support in their favour, it was Al Ahli showing early initiative while pressing for a breakthrough.
In the tenth minute, Habib Fardan saw himself in front of goal with a deflection at his feet, but the Al Ahli midfielder ballooned over.
A sudden counter in the 18th minute caught Al Ain off-guard and Majid Hassan saw his placed shot scrambled away by goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.
Al Ain retaliated with two clear scoring chances off the next two moves. But it was the Red Knights’ goalkeeper Ahmad Ashoori keeping the home team secure on both occasions.
First, Asamoah Gyan shot meekly into his hands and then the shot-stopper flung himself into the air to keep the Ghanaian’s first-time volley at bay.
As the half progressed, Al Ain grew in confidence, and it was Ashoori once again to the rescue on the half-hour mark as he kept out a weak effort from Gyan.
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