Having accrued just a solitary point in last year's group stages, Abu Dhabi-based side Al Jazira look set to disappoint fans at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium once again this season.
A midweek defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabian Pro League basement boys Al Fateh symbolises a deep-running ACL problem for Dutch manager Henk ten Cate, previously of Ajax and Panathinaikos. With Al Fateh having won just three of their 21 Pro League fixtures this season, the Dutchman has seen an ideal opportunity to improve his side's dire record slip by.
New acquisition Ali Al Zaqan's brace condemned Al Jazira to a fourth defeat in five, which is seeing their stranglehold at the top of the Arabian Gulf League loosen and slip to just four points.
Al Jazira's radcial swing in fortunes comes off the back of a run of games where they only failed to win in four of 23 matches. Another Champions League defeat in the return leg at home to Al Fateh will most likely see them eliminated from this year's tournament.