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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Watch: Al Jazira prepare for Asian Champions League group game

First time a UAE club will face Qatari opposition in the Asian Champions League since the countries severed all times in June 2017

Henk ten Cate, the Al Jazira manager, speaks to the media before the Asian Champions League game against Al Gharafa. AP Photo
Henk ten Cate, the Al Jazira manager, speaks to the media before the Asian Champions League game against Al Gharafa. AP Photo

Al Jazira face Qatari club Al Gharafa at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday, as the group stage of this year's Asian Champions League gets under way.

The two sides have been drawn in Group A alongside Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia and Iranian team Tractor Sazi.

Al Jazira are fresh from hosting the Fifa Club World Cup in December, where they impressed before narrowly losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

But Henk ten Cate's side haven't been nearly as successful in the Arabian Gulf League during the 2017/18 season.

Al Jazira are fifth in the table, 16 points behind leaders Al Ain, and Ten Cate's team only have a slim mathematical chance of retaining the title they won so convincingly last season.

Al Jazira have failed to progress beyond the group stage in the last two years.

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