Al Ain emerged victorious against Ahal FK with a 2-1 scoreline in their final Group A match of the AFC Champions League 2023-2024, played at the multi-purpose stadium in Ashgabat.
The victory cements Al Ain's dominance in the group stage.
Al Ain's success was marked by two penalty goals, the first by Soufian Rahimi in the 13th minute, followed by Omer Atzili's strike in the 32nd minute.
Ahal's lone goal came from Elman Tagayev in the 35th minute. Meanwhile, Al-Fayha FC secured a 4-1 victory over Pakhtakor in another Group A match.
Finishing the group stage with 12 points, Al Ain stand at the top of Group A, leaving Al-Fayha as the runner-up with 9 points.
Pakhtakor and Ahal trailed with 7 and 4 points, respectively.
Al Ain's entry into the Round of 16 was confirmed before this match.
The team's journey in the earlier rounds included victories over Pakhtakor and Ahal and a win over Al-Fayha.
The group stage results position Al Ain as a strong contender, progressing to the Round of 16 along with the top teams and the three best second-placed teams from the West Region in the AFC Champions League.