Persepolis hopes of a first ever AFC Champions League final place were shattered at the hands of Al Hilal as Omar Khribin’s hat-trick helped ensure Saudi Arabian giant will take a commanding four-goal lead into the semifinal second leg in three weeks’ time after posting a 4-0 first leg victory at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.
Al Hilal hosts Persepolis in a much-awaited clash in the first leg of their 2017 AFC Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, with both sides looking to seize the initiative as they aim to win their first Asian title since the tournament revamp in 2002.
Iran’s Persepolis made it to the AFC Champions League (ACL) quarterfinals for the first time in 16 years as a solitary own goal over the two legs proved to be enough for the Persian Gulf Pro League champion to overcome the challenge of Qatari champion Lekhwiya.
Persian Gulf Pro League runner-up Esteghlal of Tehran depleted by injured and banned players went out of the 2017 AFC Champions League after suffering its heaviest defeat in the history of the competition at the hands of UAE’s Al Ain.
After three tight first leg encounters, the three Iranian Persian Gulf Pro League Clubs will return to 2017 AFC Champions League (ACL) action today and tomorrow with all of them intending to fight to the last breath to secure a place in last eight in the second legs of their Round of 16 ties.
Naft Tehran recorded its first-ever victory in the group stage of the AFC Champions League in dramatic fashion as late goals by Amir Motahhari and Leandro Padovani saw the team come from behind to stun Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Wednesday.
Manager Alireza Mansourian insists Iran's Naft Tehran can be a surprise package in the AFC Champions League after defeating Qatar's El Jaish 1-0 at Azadi Stadium on Tuesday to advance to the group stages of the continental competition for the first time.