Winning 2-1 in the sixth and final round of the third group
The Iranian Sepahan team, coached by Portuguese Jose Moraes, lost on Monday to the Saudi Al-Ittihad team, 2-1, in the sixth round of the third group of the AFC Champions League, with a goal scored by another Portuguese, Jota.
Al-Ittihad, Nuno Espirito Santo’s former team, with which they became champions of Saudi Arabia last season, opened the scoring in the 14th minute, through striker Saleh Al-Amiri, but Sepahan restored the tie at the beginning of the second half, in the 48th minute.”, by Iranian right-back Ramin Rezaian.
The decisive goal that determined the winner was scored by the Portuguese Jota, the former Benfica and former Celtic player, after an inspiring individual move, after a decisive pass from Hamdallah, when he put the ball over the body of the Iranian goalkeeper.
With qualification for the next stage already guaranteed, Al-Ittihad, now coached by Argentine Marcelo Gallardo, a former River Plate player, confirmed first place in Group C with 15 points, while Jose Moraes’ team finished with 10 points, meaning that they will have to wait until the end. The results of the other groups, on Tuesday, to see if she qualifies as one of the best runners-up.
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