ACL play-off: Iran’s Zob Ahan come from behind to beat Al Gharafa of Qatar

February 19, 2019

TEHRAN – Zob Ahan football club of Iran came from two goals down to score a stunning 3-2 win over Qatar's Al Gharafa in a 2019 AFC Champions League play-off tie on Tuesday.

Ahmed Al Aaeldin and Mehdi Taremi scored for the host in the first half but Zob Ahan returned to the match with three goals in the second half.

Ighodaro Christian Osaguona pulled a goal back for the visiting team just two minutes into the second hald and Amir Arsalan Motahari equalized the match in the 63rd minute.

Mohammad Nejad Mehdi scored the winner in the 79th minute and silenced the fans at the Thani bin Jassim Stadium in Doha.

Zob Ahan have been drawn in Group A along with Al-Wasl of the UAE, Iraqi Al-Zawraa and Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. 

Also, Saipa suffered a late 3-1 defeat to Al Rayyan at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Arman Ramezani scored an early goal for the Iranian club but Gelmin Rivas leveled the match in the 27th minute.

Sebastián Soria and Rivas were on targets in the last minutes of the match to seal a 3-1 win for the Qatari club.

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