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FOOTBALL: Iran's Sepahan and Persepolis defeat Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli and UAE's Al Shabab

Source: Tehran Times

ISFAHAN - Sepahan of Iran beat Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli in the last match of the AFC Champions League group stage.

Sepahan, who won the Iranian football league for the third time in a row last week, beat Al Ahli 2-1 in Isfahan's Fooladshahr Stadium.

Sukaj opened the scoring for Sepahan in the 19th minute but Imad Ali equalized the match one minute after the hour mark.

With four minutes remaining, Sepahan defender Mohsen Bengar scored the winning goal and the Iranian team advanced to the knockout stage as the first team.

Iran's Persepolis into last 16 of ACL

Persepolis of Iran secured its place in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League after beating Al Shabab of the UAE on Tuesday.

In the match held at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium, Persepolis defeated the host 3-1 in Group D of the ACL group stage.

Easa Mohammed Ibrahim put Al Shabab in the lead after eight minutes. Eamon Zayed equalized the match with a header in the 42nd minute.

Mehrdad Pooladi put the ball back of the Al Shabab's net with a brilliant free-kick in the 53rd minute.

Hossein Badamaki, who came off the bench, made it 3-1 in the 90th minute.

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