Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan. End of the road: Al Ain were tipped to go far in the competition this season.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan crashed out of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday as the 1-0 home defeat to Iranian club Esteghal was the final death knell in Al Ain’s disappointing campaign.
The UAE club needed a victory and an Al Rayyan win against Al Hilal in Group D’s other game to stand any chance of progressing to the round of 16.
But Gyan’s club failed to break the well-drilled defence of the Iranian powerhouse at the Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium.
Meanwhile, Al Hilal secured second spot, regardless, after a 2-0 away win over their Qatari opponents.
Esteghlal sealed top spot with a final tally of 13 points, one more than Hilal, who join them in the knockout stages.
Al Ain ended their campaign on six points, two more than bottom side Rayyan.
Al Ain’s slender hopes of progression were dealt a severe blow even before kick-off as playmaker Omar Abdulrahman was restricted to a pl...