Persepolis Has Had Historic AFC Champions League So Far: AFC
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has reported that Iran's Persepolis football team has had a historic AFC Champions League campaign in 2017 so far.
The Iranian football team has progressed to the Round of 16, where it defeated Lekhwiya of Qatar 1-0 to reach the quarter-final for the first time.
Branko Ivankovic's men then went one step further when they completed a 5-3 aggregate victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli to book their spot in the semi-final.
The Tehran-based side showed great spirit and belief in the quarter-final after overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the first leg before managing to defeat Al Ahli 3-1 in the second leg, despite being a man down since the 12th minute after Kamal Kamyabinia's sending off.
Godwin Mensha is a key player as he chipped in with two crucial goals off the bench.
Mohsen Mosalman and Ali Alipour have the ability to change the game, with both registering three assists each so far. Mosalman, in particular, has excelled, with his 21 chances created putting him joint-highest among the semi-finalist.