Last year’s beaten finalist Al Ain cruised into the quarterfinals of the competition on Monday with a 6-1 thrashing of Tehran’s Esteghlal, the-afc.com reported.
Caio and Omar Abdulrahman both scored twice as Al Ain bounced back from a 1-0 first leg defeat in Iran to notch up a 6-2 aggregate win and signal its intent as the competition breaks for the summer.
Caio’s first half double put Al Ain in command, the Brazilian netting in the 27th and 33rd minutes, before the floodgates opened in the second half as Esteghlal sought a way back into the tie.
Abdulrahman scored from the tightest of angles four minutes after the restart, while Lee Myung-joo added the fourth seven minutes later before a long-range attempt from Abdulrahman made it into the bottom corner on the hour mark.
Nassir al-Shamrani slammed home the sixth in the 76th minute and Kevah Rezaei claimed a consolation for Esteghlal seven minutes from time when his free kick sneaked in at Khalid Eisa’s near post.