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Persepolis, Esteqlal win Asian Champions League quarterfinals

Popular soccer sides of Iran, Persepolis and Esteqlal, Sunday won their first matches in the quarterfinals of Asian Champions League, reported Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

In Pakhtakor Stadium of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the red-clad Persepolis breezed past Al Talaba of Iraq and Esteqlal known as the blues overcame the Qatari team Al Sadd.

National full-back of Group D-bound Persepolis, Yahya Golmohammadi, headed home an Ali Ansarian cross from a close range in the 62nd minute, wrapping up a 1-0 victory over the Iraqi side.

Earlier, the Uzbeks handed Nisa of Turkmenistan a bitter pill to swallow.

Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan whitewashed Nisa as it struck three to demolish the Turkmen squad 3-0.

On Tuesday, March 11, Persepolis meets Pakhtakor.

In a Group C derby, Esteqlal managed to beat Al Sadd of Qatar 2-1 in Al Ain Stadium of the United Arab Emirates.

Esteqlal striker Ali Samereh unleashed a sizzling 20-yard drive in the fifth minute, kissing the left side of Al Sadd net.

Spearheaded by strikers Keta of Ivory Coast and Brazilian Sergio, Al Sadd made scores of attacks on the blues' woodwork but Esteqlal in-form goalkeeper, Hadi Tabatabaei, denied the Arab side.

Against the run of the play, Esteqlal grabbed the second as its new signing Rassoul Khatibi fed by substitute Sirous Dinmohammadi fired home on 65 minutes, paying every cent of his 312,500-dollar contract.

Al Sadd pulled one back 15 minutes later when Sergio scored his side's consolation goal.

Esteqlal pit its players against Al Ain of the UAE on Tuesday.

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