Karim Boudiaf returns boost for Al Duhail

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Karim Boudiaf played his part in Qatar’s 3-0 win over Palestine in an international friendly at the Khalifa International Stadium and that is good news for Al Duhail ahead of their 2018 AFC Champions League quarter-final return leg against Iran's Persepolis on Monday.

Midfielder Boudiaf missed the first leg, which Al Duhail won 1-0, and the skipper's return from knee surgery is just what the Qatar club require in what is certain to be an enormous test for them in the impressive Azadi Stadium. 


Al Duhail are pursuing an AFC Champions League record of 10 back to back wins yet in Persepolis, they will confront a side who have an ideal record of four home wins in the Continent's chief club competition this season. 

The Azadi Stadium will be at its roaring best as Persepolis attempt to overturn the first leg deficit, something which they did in the Round of 16 against Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates, winning the arrival leg 2-1 subsequent to having lost the principal attach 3-2 to progress on away goals.

While Al Duhail adapted to Boudiaf's nonattendance in the main leg against Persepolis, his overwhelming nearness will additionally add steadiness to a side who have awed all through the season. 

Boudiaf, who endured the knee injury in Al Duhail's Sheik Jassim Cup misfortune to Al Rayyan on August 2, has assumed a vital part in his group's flood in the 2018 AFC Champions League with three goals to his name. 

Boudiaf got twice in the 3-1 win upon Zobahan and scored the second of Al Duhail's three goals in a tight 3-2 triumph against Al Wahda on Matchday Two. 

Almoez Ali's header gave Al Duhail the prevail upon Persepolis in the principal leg and with Boudiaf back, mentor Nabil Maaloul will be idealistic his group will leave Azadi Stadium on Monday as champs and record setters.