News ID: 321066
Published: 1043 GMT April 17, 2022

AFC Champions League: Foolad eyeing second victory; Sepahan looking to bounce back

AFC Champions League:  Foolad eyeing second victory; Sepahan looking to bounce back

Malian defender Moussa Coulibaly celebrates after scoring Foolad Khuzestan’s last-gasp winner in a 1-0 victory over Ahal FC in the AFC Champions League in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 15, 2022.

Sports Desk

Persian Gulf Pro League club Foolad Khuzestan will be chasing a second successive victory over Ahal FC of Turkmenistan in the AFC Champions League on Monday with Sepahan eyeing an all-important win against Saudi side Al Taawoun.

Moussa Coulibalys 97th-minute header saw Foolad beat Ahal 1-0 in the reverse fixture in on Thursday to sit second in the Group C table – equal on five points with Qatari outfit Al Gharafa, which played to a 1-1 draw against Emirati club Shabab Al Ahli to go top of the group.

With only the 10 group winners secured a place in the last-16 round, Moharam Navidkias Sepahan will settle for nothing less than a victory against the Saudi host.

The Isfahan-based club had to play with 10 men for the better part of the game after center-back Ezzatollah Pourqaz was shown a straight red inside 10 minutes, as Al Taawoun walked away with a 3-0 victory on Thursday, courtesy of goals by Nawaf al-Subhi, Cape Verdean Zé Luís, and Yazeed al-Bakr.

Al Taawoun leads the Group D standing with six points, holding a head-to-head superiority over second-placed Qatari giant Al Duhail, which beat Pakhtakor 3-2 earlier on Thursday.

Sepahan trials the top two by three points, with Pakhtakor sitting bottom of the table also on three points.

Three best runners-up from each region – West and East – will join the group winners in the round of 16.


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