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Al Jazira look to avoid early exit from ACL
FROM OUR ABU DHABI BUREAU April 24, 2013
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ABU DHABI: Al Jazira will host Tractorsazi Tabriz of Iran in a Group A match of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday at their Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

With two more games to go, Al Jazira’s chances of reaching the round of 16 though look dim even as the second-placed team from their group (with only two points), they still have an outside chance of qualifying.

The Capital club qualified to the final 16 of the competition last year and the last-placed Al Jazira will be looking to avoid an early exit from the tournament when they host Tractorsazi Tabriz.

Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia lead the group with 10 points followed by El Jaish of Qatar (5) and Tractorsazi Tabriz (4).

Jazira are entering the crucial match with the confidence they gained after their first win in the Pro League under Luis Milla and the coach felt that result was a morale booster for the players ahead of their meeting with Tractorsazi Tabriz

Milla, at a pre match press conference on Tuesday, said a win is their only option in Wednesday night’s AFC Champions League Match Day 5 game against Tractorsazi Tabriz.

“We are going into the game to get a win, there is no alternative, because this is the only way we can keep up hope of making it through from the group stages,” said Milla.

“I have studied Tractorsazi Tabriz well and know all the ins and outs of their team. We will both be fighting to win to maintain our chances of qualification, but I have great belief in the capabilities of my players to get all three points, especially as we are high on confidence since winning in the League on Friday,” the Spaniard added.

Tractorsazi Tabriz head coach Toni Oliveira compared Wednesday night’s game to a final, as the match will signify the end of one of the side’s qualification hopes depending on the result.

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