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Football: Iran's Sepahan defeats Saudi al-Ittihad

Press TV -- Iran's Sepahan football team has managed to defeat Saudi Arabia's al-Ittihad 1-0 in a difficult match of the AFC Champions League.

Despite a wealth of chances for the host throughout the match, Sepahan's Emad Mohammad Reza claimed the only goal of the game with a neat volley past Ittihad 'keeper Mabrouk Zaid in the 76th minute.

The leader of the Iranian Premier League (IPL), therefore, completed the double against al-Ittihad in the Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium in the port city of Jeddah on Wednesday night.

In the first half, al-Ittihad was lucky enough to avoid a goal following a shot by Farshad Bahadorani, which narrowly missed the net and hit the goal post.

During the second half, Sepahan dominated the game and found new opportunities which finally opened al-Ittihad's goal.

It was the last real chance of what was a roller-coaster match, with the result allowing the Iranians to climb off the bottom of Group A.

Earlier, Sepahan had defeated al-Ittihad 2-1 in Tehran in Group A of the Asian Champions League.

Saipa, al-Quwa al-Jawiya share points

Iran's Saipa is held to a 1-1 home draw by Iraq's al-Quwa al-Jawiya, to remain in top of the Group B of the AFC Champions League.

The breakthrough for Saipa came in the second half when Kianoush Rahmati scored from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute. However, Ahmad Anwar's 71st minute strike brought the game level.

Saipa stays in the first place with eight points, three points clear of second-placed al-Quwa al-Jawiya. Kuwait's al-Kuwait and UAE's al-Wasl will later meet in the same group.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan's Kuruvuchi beat Syria's al-Ittihad 1-0 in Group A, where Iran's Sepahan Isfahan will face Saudi Arabia's al-Ittihad later on Wednesday.

Adelaide United sealed an easy 4-1 victory over Vietnam's Binh Duong in Group E, while South Korea's Pohang Steelers and China's ChangChun Yatai shared points in a 2-2 draw.

In Group F, China's Beijing Guoan defeated Japan's Kashima Antlers 1-0 and Vietnam's Nam Dinh was held to a 2-2 draw by Thailand's Krung Thai Bank.

Thailand's Chonburi and South Korea's Chunnam Dragons ended up in a 2-2 draw in Group G, as Japan's Gamba Osaka thrashed Australia's Melbourne 2-0.

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