We showed great effort and the solidarity of the players helped us achieve our target.”. This was an important step for us, we played very well in the seven games we participated here.". Persepolis: Third time lucky vs Riyadh? The Asian Football Confederation. Now, for the third time in their last four appearances in the knockout rounds Persepolis go up against a team from Riyadh, this time in the yellow of Al Nassr rather than Al Hilal blue. Twenty games on and the Bojnord native has not found the back of the net since, but if he can rediscover his scoring touch he could yet again help an Iranian side advance at Al Nassr's expense. However, he may have good reason to feel confident about adding to his tally given that all three of those strikes have come against Saturday's opponents. Knockout round matches against teams from the Saudi Arabian capital have not gone well for Persepolis in the AFC Champions League, with Al Nassr's great rivals Al Hilal eliminating the Iranian side twice since 2015, most notably in the 2017 semi-final. I want to thank them for always being supportive. A dramatic penalty shootout victory, following a 1-1 draw over the 120 minutes of play, saw Persepolis defeat Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr to progress to their second AFC Champions League final in three years. AFC Champions League 2020 AFC Champions League (West): Quarter-finals Review Oct 02 2020. You are in AFC Champions League / Article ACL Goals of the Decade – Semi-final 2 Saturday, August 29, 2020 Kuala Lumpur: It's goals galore again from the AFC Champions League as we highlight 10 more incredible efforts from the past decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourite. 2020 AFC Champions League (West): Quarter-finals Review. Just like in the current campaign, Persepolis had recovered from a slow start and got progressively better as the tournament went on. The Asian Football Confederation. Copyright © 2017. Copyright © 2017. The move followed a trademark dribbling move, one of 19 successful dribbles he made; the highest at Al Nassr and third-highest in the entire competition. “The coach told us at half time that we would be able to win the match. We need to think about certain areas, but we can continue to improve. Of the two teams remaining in West Asia it would be hard to argue that they haven't had the most impressive goalkeepers in Qatar, with Al Nassr's Brad Jones and Persepolis' Hamed Lak excelling as the last lines of defence. Ehsan Pahlavan is one of a number of new recruits to have joined Persepolis ahead of the AFC Champions League's resumption and, just as the likes of Lak, Isa Al Kasir, Saeid Aghaei and Milad Sarlak have done, the forward has fitted seamlessly into the starting 11. A number of the other big hitters in the West boasted a wealth of attacking options yet were let down by goalkeeping errors that cost them dearly. The AFC Champions League East region Group Stage will kick-off on November 18, before the Round of 16 takes place on December 6 and 7. The pair have both impressed over the past three weeks and as they get set to face off for the first time since 2015, the-AFC.com picks out five things to look out for. However, with veteran Jones and the experienced Lak performing superbly behind resolute defences, the two semi-finalists have been able to navigate some tight games to reach the last four. All rights reserved. Martinez now goes into the AFC Champions League semi-final eyeing titles on three continents in just three years. Persepolis club captain Seyed Jalal Hosseini lauded his team's efforts, although he will be hoping for better fortune in this year's final, having been part of the side that lost to Japan's Kashima Antlers in the 2018 climax. The fighting spirit of the players helped us fight for more than 120 minutes. The 27-year-old has yet to open his account for his new side although, in a career spent primarily with Zobahan, goalscoring has not featured high up on his resume.
Among the more intriguing battles on Saturday could well be down the Al Nassr left where the Riyadh side's 19-year-old winger Khalid Al Ghannam will likely go up against Persepolis' midfielder-turned-defender Siamak Nemati, who has impressed in the right-back role since arriving in Qatar. AFC Champions League Semi-final (West): 5 Things To Look Out For. On Wednesday, Al Ghannam set up Pity Martinez for Al Nassr’s opening goal against Al Ahli in the quarter-final. In 11 games between them (Jones sat out Al Nassr's Matchday Six defeat to Al Ain) they have conceded just one goal apiece. That was his third chance created in the competition. Poll ends at 23:00 (UTC +8) on October 3. Nemati, meanwhile, has been a regular for Persepolis since 2018 and has made the right side of midfield position his own. Further details of the Final will be communicated in due course. In what many will expect to be a close encounter, the continued excellence of the men in goal could be a decisive factor. Of the 11 players who started Persepolis’ 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final encounter against Al Hilal, only four remain in the side set to face Al Nassr at the same stage on Saturday; one of them is 32-year-old versatile midfielder Vahid Amiri who had left the club for a spell at Turkish side Trabzonspor before rejoining the Iranian capital team in July 2019. Having compared defenders Maicon of Al Nassr and Persepolis’ Hossein Kanaani, our attention turns to two men creating magic from midfield. Naturally a left-winger, Amiri has mostly been deployed in a more central role in the 2020 AFC Champions League, with Ehsan Pahlavan taking the wide spot. Coach Rui Vitoria found positives in his Al Nassr side’s defeat to Persepolis and the former Benfica manager believes his side can get even better. It also followed a trend in which the attacking midfielder produces when it matters most.
A dramatic penalty shootout victory, following a 1-1 draw over the 120 minutes of play, saw Persepolis defeat Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr to progress to their second AFC Champions League final in three years. Two years earlier, Persepolis were well and truly beaten by Al Hilal as a 3-0 second-leg defeat saw them exit at the last 16 stage. Helped by a watertight back four, only an Almoez Ali penalty has got the better of him in six matches to date. Back in 2018 Martinez inspired River Plate to South America's Copa Libertadores title, winning the Most Valuable Player award in a campaign that saw him net a stoppage-time winner against Brazilian side Gremio in the semi-finals and then score the goal that put paid to bitter rivals Boca Juniors' challenge in the second leg of the final. Arriving at Al Nassr in 2018, Jones has been nothing short of a superb acquisition and will be looking to add a Continental trophy to the Saudi Pro League title he won in 2018-19. The Tehran giants will hope that their bad luck is confined only to one half of the Saudi capital and not the city as a whole. Here's how those involved reflected on the action. Doha: And then there were two. Amiri’s 11 tackles are the highest amongst Persepolis midfielders, and only centre-back Shojae Khalilzadeh made more tackles. However, their run ended in emphatic style as an Omar Khrbin-inspired Al Hilal ran out 4-0 winners in the first leg to all but end the Iranian dream before advancing 6-2 on aggregate.
Egypt's Al Ahly seize a big advantage over Wydad Casablanca in the African Champions League semi-final with a 2-0 win in the first leg in Morocco. Since the tournament resumed, no player has completed more than his 19 dribbles. The 2018 South America Player of the Year arrived in Saudi Arabia with a big reputation and, after bedding into the team in the group stage, the quarter-final goal would have been a huge boost for player and club. Yet, the 19-year-old winger is now one of the key stars the Riyadh-based side are counting on to drive them to the summit of the continent once more. By the time they reached their first-ever semi-final in the competition, there was real hope that the Azadi Stadium side could be crowned kings of Asia. Share on; Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (West) reaches its climax on Saturday as Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr FC and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis lock horns at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium with a place in the final at stake.
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