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Al Ain: Coach Zlatko Dalic has backed in-form Al Ain to rise to the challenge of overturning a three-goal deficit in Tuesday's AFC Champions League semi-final second leg against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.

Inaugural AFC Champions League winners Al Ain had reached the hour mark of the first leg in Riyadh two weeks ago level, but then conceded three goals in a devastating nine minute spell.

But after returning to the United Arab Emirates to beat Al Wasl and Ajman in the Arabian Gulf League, Dalic is looking for Al Ain to build on their unbeaten home record in the AFC Champions League this season.

"After the first game we have had two league games and won 2-0 and 4-0 and we have a lot more confidence. We have to try our best and put behind us what happened," said Croatian Dalic, who led Al Hilal to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League last year.

"We have a chance, but the challenge is big and we hope to reach the final. Al Hilal are a big team, but I believe this will push the players. We will play a big team who won 3-0 and it will not be an easy job.

"We played well for 60 minutes in Riyadh, but then a mistake is punished and they score three goals in nine minutes. We now have 90 minutes to score three goals, but if we concede, we will be finished."

Al Ain, though, will be without first-choice goalkeeper Khalid Eisa on Tuesday after the custodian was sent-off in the first leg.

"It is a big challenge. We had a bad result in the first game in Riyadh, but our target is to win 3-0 by playing well. It will not be easy as Al Hilal are a big team and 3-0 is a big result. They are an experienced team and will not give us a lot," added Dalic.

"I know Al Hilal want to score and we need to attack, but we need to be careful. It may look like an impossible mission, but we must trust each other and try to win. In football, anything is possible, and my team is ready and we have improved."

Al Ain have only failed to win once at home in the AFC Champions League this season after drawing with Al Ittihad in the group stage, although Dalic's side did beat the Saudi Pro League side in the quarter-finals having also downed compatriots Al Jazira in the Round of 16.

"It will be a tough game. Al Hilal have a big advantage, but we have to play for ourselves, for the club, for the city and for the country and we will do our best," said Al Ain's Mohamed Abdulrahman.

"We are mentally and physically ready for the game and we are confident which is important."