Al-Jazira 1-0 Mumbai City FC: Twitter reacts as Islanders suffer narrow loss in the AFC Champions League

Apuia putting in a shift for the Islanders
Apuia putting in a shift for the Islanders / Mumbai City FC

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.

Here's how fans reacted to this game's outcome on Twitter:

These two sides will meet again on April 18 in the second phase of the group stage.

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