Barcelona legend Xavi leads his side to 3-1 win and qualification for the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

According to beIN, Xavi’s Al Sadd defeated Al Duhail 4-2 aggregate to progress to the next round.

This is Xavi’s first coaches job. He took over at 2011 AFC Champions League champions Al Sadd.

The two-legged tie was all even going into the game at the Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, 1-1.

While the visitors Al Duhail dominated the early stages.

There prolific striker Almoez Ali failed to capitalise on his opportunities. He struggled to find the back of the net early on with only the keeper to beat.

Akram Afif and Abdelkarim Hassan scored two first-half goals for Xavi’s Al Sadd. In the 2oth and 34th minutes respectively. They went in at the half time interval, holding a commanding 3-1 aggregate lead.

The 56th minute, saw Al Duhail’s Edmilson score on the counter-attack, to make for a very interesting and intense last half hour.

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Al Duhail pushed for more goals and came close. Bounedjah hit the post with his attempt on goal.

The visitor’s fate was sealed in stoppage time when Ahmed Yasser’s attempt to stop an al-Haydos free-kick resulted in an own goal.

Al Sadd will meet with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in the quarter-finals.

This will make for a good start to Xavi’s managerial career. But the hard work will begin on August 21st when league play begins.

He is in charge of a team used to being at the top. Wining just like at Barca is expected.

In the first game of the Qatar Stars League, they will face Al- Wakrah.

AL WAKRAH, QATAR – MAY 16: Members of Al Duhail celebrate winning the Amir Cup after the final match between Al Duhail and Al Sadd at Al Wakrah Stadium on May 16, 2019 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy launches Al Wakrah Stadium, the second FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (TM) venue. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images for The 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy)

 

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