1152 GMT June 23, 2021
The Persian Gulf Pro League side Persepolis was placed in a one-week quarantine upon arrival from Goa, India, on Friday.
The final day of the Group E fixtures at the AFC Champions League (ACL) on Thursday saw the Iranian Reds easily beat Qatar’s Al Rayyan 4-2 to win the group with 15 points.
Shahriyar Moghanlou and Ehsan Pahlevan gave Persepolis a two-goal lead in the first half before Yohan Boli pulled one back early in the second period. Center-back Hossein Kan’anizadegan restored the two-goal cushion for Yahya Golmohammadi’s men but Boli again reduced the deficit to one.
Issa Al-e Kassir smashed the ball into the roof of the net in the 73rd minute to wrap up a fifth victory in six for the Iranian giant.
Iranian Health Ministry had ordered a one-week quarantine for Persepolis upon arrival in Tehran amid a second wave of coronavirus infections in the South Asian country.
All Persepolis members, including players and technical staff, underwent COVID-19 tests at Imam Khomeini International Airport on Friday before leaving for the National Olympic Academy Hotel, where they will spend the next seven days.
However, the Iranian Reds will be still allowed to “train and play” during the isolation period, according to Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari.
Should more than 25 percent of the team’s members test positive for the virus during the period, trainings and matches would be postponed, Sadat Lari added.
On its return to the domestic league action, Persepolis, second in the table with a game in hand, will play away to league leader Sepahan on May 7, before taking on archrival Esteghlal in the Tehran derby five days later.