Esteghlal, Persepolis Seek Top Slot in Group Table
Esteghlal, Persepolis Seek Top Slot in Group Table

Esteghlal, Persepolis Seek Top Slot in Group Table

Esteghlal, Persepolis Seek Top Slot in Group Table

Bottom faces top in Group D of the AFC Champions League on Monday when Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia takes on Esteghlal at the Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City.
Esteghlal is already assured of a place in the next round having beaten Al Rayyan of Qatar 2-0 in early April, but the Iranian side must avoid defeat to win the group, the AFC website reported.
The two-time continental champion, which is without suspended duo Roozneh Cheshmi and Omid Ebrahimi, warmed up for the game with a 1-1 draw against Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz in the Persian Pro League last week.
Runner-up last year, Al Hilal’s form has dropped dramatically this time round and the 2-1 defeat in Al Ain of the UAE on Matchday Five confirmed its early elimination.
The Saudi side goes into the game on a high, though, after a 4-1 win over Al Fateh secured the Saudi Pro League title on Thursday.
Persepolis can finish as table-topper too in Group C if it overcomes Qatar’s Al Sadd at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Monday.
The Iranian side has won both of its home games and secured a place in the next round following a scoreless draw away at Nasaf two weeks ago.
Al Sadd currently occupies first position and two more goals from striker Baghdad Bounedjah in a 2-1 victory over Al Wasl in early April confirmed a place in the last 16.
The host, which is without the suspended Shojae Khalilzadeh, drew 1-1 with Pars Jam Bushehr in the Persian Pro League on Wednesday although it has already been crowned Iranian champion. The visitors’ last Qatar Stars League game was a 9-1 victory over Al Kharitiyath just over a week ago as they brought a poor recent domestic run to an end.

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