On the face of things Al Ain achieved exactly what they set out to from the first leg of their AFC Champions League final. They will host the second with an away goal to their name, only losing 2-1 to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in South Korea on Saturday. And yet there was plenty to rue about the match from an Emirati perspective.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Leonardo Rodrigues Pereira (R) takes a penalty kick against Al Ain during the AFC Champions League Final 1st Leg football match in Jeonju on November 19, 2016. Brazilian forward Leonardo hit a blistering second-half double as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors came from behind to beat Al Ain 2-1 and grab the initiative in the two-legged AFC Champions League final on November 19. YONHAP / AFP