Iran’s Esteghlal Khuzestan Out of AFC Champions League
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Esteghlal Khuzestan of Iran failed to qualify for the AFC Champions League quarter-final after a 2-1 loss to Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Omar Khrbin and Salem Al Dawsari scored the goals as Al Hilal secured a place in the quarter-final.
Al Hilal football team had also defeated Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-1 in the first leg.
Esteghlal Khuzestan started brightly and went in front on 12 minutes at Thani Bin Jassim Stadium when Mehdi Zobeidi squared for Aloys Nong to tap into the back of the net.
But Al Hilal levelled four minutes later as Khrbin stooped low to unorthodoxly head home Mohammed Al Burayk’s cross from the right for his fourth goal of the competition.
Al Hilal came out strongly after the interval and scored a deserved second with eight minutes remaining when Carlos Eduardo found substitute Al Dawsari, who burst into the box and fired into the roof of the net to book a spot in the last eight.