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ACL: Esteghlal of Iran defeat Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal, Persepolis beaten by Al Sadd of Qatar

Source: Tehran Times

Esteghlal of Iran football team defeated Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Group D of the 2018 AFC Champions League on Tuesday. In the match held in Muscat's Seeb Stadium, Abdullah Al-Hafith scored an own goal just after the halftime.


In the 67th minute, Al Hilal goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi was shown a straight red card after handling the ball outside his area.

Esteghlal could have scored more goals but their strikers missed their chances.

Esteghlal remain top of the table with 4 points, followed by Al Rayyan of Qatar (two points), the UAE's Al Ain (one point) and Al Hilal (one point).

Esteghlal will meet Al Ain in the UAE on March 6 and Al Hilal will entertain Qatar's Al Rayyan in Riyadh.

Iran's Persepolis beaten by Al Sadd of Qatar

Persepolis football team of Iran suffered a 3-1 defeat against Al Sadd of Qatar in Group C of the AFC Champions League.

Baghdad Boundjah gave Al Sadd a lead with a header from the center of the box to the top left corner in the 36th minute.

Boundjah was on target once again in the 56th minute after receiving a pass from Xavi into the box.

Boualem Khoukhi scored Al Sadd's third goal in the 66th minute following dreadful mistakes by Persepolis's defenders.

Substitute Siamak Nemati scored a consolation goal for Persepolis in the dying moments of the match.

Al Sadd move top of the table with six points, followed by Persepolis (three points), Nasaf (three points) and Al Wasl (without point).

Persepolis will host Al Wasl of the UAE on March 5, while Al Sadd travel to Qarshi to face Nasaf.

Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal footballers ignore minute's silence for victims of Iranian plane crash

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

Al Hilal's players did not observe the moment of silence in honor of victims of Iranian plane crash on Tuesday.

The silence was planned ahead of the Group D match of the 2018 AFC Champions League between Esteghlal and Al Hilal in Muscat, Oman.

On Sunday, An Iranian commercial plane crashed in a foggy and mountainous southwestern region of the country, killing all 66 people on board.

The Iranian players lined up on the center circle ahead of the match to pay their respects.

But their counterparts from Saudi Arabian team instead walked back to their positions to line up ahead of the game.

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