Ali Mabkhout’s first-half penalty was enough to hand Al Jazira a crucial three points in a 1-0 win over Mumbai City FC in Group B of the AFC Champions League 2022 on Thursday.
The Islanders spent most of their time defending and trying to get ahead on counter-attacks.
Des Buckingham's side suffered an early injury blow as their defender Amey Ranawade was stretched off to be replaced by Methab Singh just nine minutes into the game.
Al-Jazira's first chance of the game came after 18 minutes when Abdulla Ramadan sent in a cross to Bruno who brought out a save from keeper Mohammad Nawaz.
Five minutes before half-time, Mumbai City FC conceded a penalty after Abdoulaye Diaby's shot hit Mehtab Singh's hand inside the box.
Al Mabkhout made no mistake from the spot to hand Al-Jazira a lead heading into half-time.
The second half started with Mumbai City FC trying to probe more and their efforts almost reaped reward as Mourtada Fall attempted a header from Chhangte's cross just before the hour mark that ended up striking the crossbar before going out of play.
Al-Jazira went compact for the last 25 minutes and it was only in the 87th minute that the Indian Super League side almost levelled the game as Rahul Bheke attempted a shot from distance that struck the crossbar on the way out of play.