TEHRAN (Dsipatches) – Iran’s Persepolis football team were defeated against Al-Duhail of Qatar 1-0 in Group C of the AFC Champions League.
Persepolis entered the Matchday Five fixture knowing a win would keep the team top of the group going into the final matchday, while for Al Duhail - defeated by Sharjah in their previous match - the three points would take them past their opponent and boost their chances of progress to the Round of 16.
Al-Duhail were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute after a heavy Shoja Khalilzadeh aerial challenge on Edmilson inside the box.
Al-Duhail captain Almoez Ali stepped up and fired home his third goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League to put the Qatari side in front.
The Iranian team continued to push forward for an equalizer but found itself faced with a strong Al-Duhail defense and was unable to break through until the final whistle.
The result means Al-Duhail now leap above previous leader Persepolis, reaching nine points for the campaign and enhancing its fortunes ahead of the final matchday.
Persepolis have no way but to defeat Sharjah on Thursday.
Sharjah of the UAE also defeated Al-Taawoun of Saudi Arabia 6-0 in the group and it can reach the Round of 16 for the first time in their history with a win against Persepolis in their last game, while Al-Taawoun’s fate are now out of their hands.
The Saudis need a win against Al-Duhail and a draw between Sharjah and Persepolis to qualify.
And also, Sepahan football club of Iran joined Al-Ain of the UAE in elimination from Group D of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
The two sides played out a goalless draw at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Monday.
Sepahan had started their campaign with a 4-0 defeat of Al-Ain at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium courtesy of Mohammed Mohebi, Kiros, Soroush Rafiei and Mohammad Tayyebi but couldn’t find a way past its opponent at the second time of asking.
The result leaves the Isfahan based side in third with four points, one ahead of Al Ain who trail the group.
Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia and Al-Sadd of Qatar advanced to second round with 12 and 10 points, respectively.