News ID: 188199
Published: 0410 GMT February 22, 2017

Iranian sides fail to secure narrow lead

Iranian sides fail to secure narrow lead

Sports Desk

Iranian Persian Gulf Pro League clubs Persepolis and Zob Ahan Esfahan snatched 1-1 draws against Saudi Arabian and Emirati rivals, respectively, in their opener in group stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League.

On Tuesday, Persepolis earned nothing better than a draw against Al Hilal in a Group D fixture at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, while Zob Ahan Esfahan failed to score and concede more than a solitary goal in its Group C match against Al Ain at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, reported.

A late Carlos Eduardo header saw Al Hilal secure a point in a dramatic draw against Persepolis.

Al Hilal center-back Abdullah Al Hafith had squandered the best chance of the game with a header from a free-kick shortly before halftime but with just over 20 minutes to play Mohsin Mosalman’s low shot from outside the area looked to hand the Iranian side what would have been a victory against the run of play.

But it was Brazilian forward Carlos Eduardo’s intervention, eight minutes from time, from a Nicolas Milesicorner which eventually secured Al Hilal a point.

Al Ain’s Ismail Ahmed headed home 14 minutes from time to force Zob Ahan Esfahan into sharing points with last year’s AFC Champions League runner-up.

Jerry Bengtson gave the Iranian squad the lead against the run of play in the 57th minute when he slid in to score from close range after Zoran Mamic’s side had failed to turn its dominance into goals.

But Ahmed saved a point for the Emirati club when he rose highest to meet Bandar Mohamed’s corner and power a header past Mohammad-Rashid Mazaheri in the Zob Ahan Esfahan’s goal.

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