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ACL Final: Iran's Persepolis football team falls short against Japan's Kashima

Source: Tehran Times

Iran's Persepolis will be looking for a response next week against Kashima Antlers of Japan after they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final.

Persepolis squad
(photo by Mehr News Agency)

The Iranian team will have a difficult task ahead in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Nov. 10 as their key midfielder Siamak Nemati will be absent in the second leg after being sent out due to injury.

(photo by Mehr News Agency)

Ali Alipour could have scored in the fourth minute at the Kashima Stadium but Jung Seung-hyun threw himself into the path of the shot and blocked it with his head.

Two minutes later, Ahmad Noorollahi's free-kick from the left was tipped over by Kwoun Sun-tae as Persepolis applied early pressure.

Brazilian duo Leo Silva and Serginho got the decisive goals in the 58th and 70th minutes respectively.

"We lost the first leg but we are looking forward to the second leg in Tehran. We can beat Kashima Antlers at the Azadi Stadium and I am sure our fans will give us a great support," Persepolis captain Jalal Hosseini said.

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