News ID: 189311
Published: 0434 GMT March 13, 2017

ACL-bound Iranian teams in the spotlight

ACL-bound Iranian teams in the spotlight

Sports Desk

Iranian Persian Gulf Pro League clubs Persepolis and Esteghlal Khuzestan face their Asian opponents today in Group B and Group D of the 2017 AFC Champions League.

Esteghlal Khuzestan will look to maintain its perfect start to the 2017 AFC Champions League when it hosts Lekhwiya at Ghadir Stadium, while Persepolis seeks to remain at the top of the table in its group, reported.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories over Al Fateh and Al Jazira have seen the Iranian debutant set the early pace in Group B and, in doing so, become the only team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal ahead of its first ever meeting with its Qatari opponent.

Nam Tae-hee’s stunning late equalizer secured Lekhwiya a 2-2 draw with Al Fateh on Matchday Two, meanwhile, as Moroccan hot shot Youssef El Arabi also took his goals tally to three in two games.

The sides go into the clash on the back of contrasting domestic results after Esteghlal Khuzestan was defeated 1-0 by fellow AFC Champions League side Persepolis last week while Lekhwiya saw off Al Kharitiyath 3-0 in its most recent Qatar Stars League fixture.

In Group D, Al Rayyan will want to return to winning ways when it welcomes Group D table-topper Persepolis to Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Michael Laudrup’s side conceded deep into injury time to suffer a 2-1 defeat to Al Hilal on Matchday Two after beating Al Wahda by the same scoreline in its Group D opener. The 4-0 Qatar Stars League win over Al Wakrah three days later was the perfect response but Al Rayyan, which will be unable to call on the suspended Victor Caceres, have won just once in 10 against Iranian opposition.

Persepolis, which warmed up for the clash with a 1-0 domestic victory over Esteghlal Khuzestan on Thursday to remain 10 points clear in the Persian Gulf Pro League, saw a late Mehdi Taremi brace claim a 3-2 win over Al Wahda in its last game on the continent to move ahead of second-placed Al Hilal at the top of Group D on goals scored.

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