Powerhouse Persepolis to Face Saudi Heavyweight Al Hilal: AFC
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Persepolis football team from Iran will play Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in AFC Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
The Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex will see a clash of Asian giants in Group D when Tehran powerhouse Persepolis face Saudi heavyweight Al Hilal in what looks to be one of the stand-out ties of Matchday One, the-afc. Com wrote.
Persepolis lost out on the 2015-16 Persian Gulf Professional League on goal difference to Esteghlal Khouzestan, but its second-place finish ensured a return to the continental stage after missing out last year.
Two-time Asian champion Al Hilal do hold the psychological edge over Persepolis as far as the form book is concerned having won two and drawn one of its four previous AFC Champions league encounters. The Riyadh club also eliminated Persepolis in the Round of 16 two years ago in a 3-1 aggregate win.
Also, Zob Ahan to face Al Ain in Group C at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.
Former AFC Champion League runner-up Zob Ahan, meanwhile, is well-placed in the Iran Pro League in fourth spot, but has hit a patch of poor form picking up just a point from their last four games. The 2010 finalist was eliminated by Al Ain in last year’s Round of 16 and the Iranian will be keen to avenge that 3-1 aggregate defeat.