Iran’s Persepolis beat Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia in ACL MD3

April 9, 2019

TEHRAN - Iran’s Persepolis registered their first win of the 2019 AFC Champions League, defeating Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli 2-0 on Matchday Three of Group D on Tuesday.

The 2018 finalists took the lead for the first time this campaign after 18 minutes with what was the first real chance of the match.

Al Ahli's defense failed to deal with a long throw-in from Mehdi Shiri and defender Shojae Khalilzadeh was in the right spot and went for the spectacular, volleying home from inside the box past a helpless Mohammed Al Owais.

The Saudi side could equalized the match just before the break. Omar Al Somah volleyed following a long throw-in, and his effort was deflected by Nourollahi onto the upright and behind.

Persepolis came racing out of the blocks in the second half and within three minutes, they had doubled their lead through Ali Alipour.

Nourollahi failed to control a cross inside the box, but the ball fell to Alipour who converted into the net from close range to make it 2-0, the-afc.com reported.

With the result, Persepolis climb into third place with four points, while Al Ahli drop to the foot of the group ahead of the reverse fixture in Dubai on April 22.

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