Al Ittihad sack coach after Asian flop

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Saudi coach Khalid al-Koroni (right) gestures to his team's player Abdullah al-Dawsari during their 7th West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) championship match against Iran in Kuwait City on December 9, 2012
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Saudi coach Khalid al-Koroni (right) gestures to his team's player Abdullah al-Dawsari during their 7th West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) championship match against Iran in Kuwait City on December 9, 2012 (AFP Photo/Marwan Naamani)

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad have sacked their coach Khalid Al Koroni after the two-time former winners suffered a heavy defeat in the AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

The decision was announced after the 2004 and 2005 champions went down 5-1 over two legs to the United Arab Emirates' Al Ain.

Al Koroni, who had been in charge since March, was temporarily replaced by under-16s coach Amro Anwar "until we recruit a new manager", a club statement said.

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