ACL: Iran’s Esteghlal held by Al Ain of UAE

March 6, 2018

TEHRAN – Esteghlal football team of Iran were held to a 2-2 draw by Al Ain of the UAE in Matchday Three of the AFC Champions League in Group D.

Omar Abdulrahman left-footed shot from the left side of the box was saved by Esteghlal goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini in the 31st minute.

Seven minutes into second half, Mame Thiam opened the scoring for Esteghlal after receiving a pass from Farshid Esmaeili.

Marcus Berg equalized the match in the 63rd minute with a pass from Hussein El Shahat in the six yards.

Berg missed a penalty in the 76th minute and Thiam was on target once again two minutes later.

With one minute remaining, substitute Ahmed Khalil found the back of the Esteghlal’s net from penalty spot.

Esteghlal will host Al Ain next week in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, while Al Rayyan of Qatar will play Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in Doha’s Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.

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