Omar Abdulrahman, who came to the Barca vs Ahli tie with his newfound Asian Player of the Year status, did not disappoint.
During his 35 minutes’ stay on the pitch, the Al Ain star, invited to don Ahli colours, scored from the spot with a “Panenka”. Equally impressive was the through pass he made in the 46th to release Omar Al Soma into the box. But the Ahli No.9 hit out, much to the disappointment of himself and team-mates.
Amoori, as Omar is hailed by Al Ain fans, had helped his side to a runners-up finish in the recently-concluded AFC Champions League. He has been the UAE’s most high-profile player. He was instrumental in them winning the 2013 Gulf Cup and finishing third at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.