ACL: Iran’s Tractor Sazi, UAE’s Al Jazira Share the Spoils
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tractor Sazi football team of Iran and Al Jazira of the UAE played out a goalless draw in Group A of the AFC Champions League on Monday in Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Ehsan Pahlevan had the most dangerous chance of the game three minutes after the restart after he was sent through on goal by a sublime Mehdi Kiani pass.
The Tractor Sazi winger fired with his left but goalkeeper Ali Khaseif blocked the angle and saved from close distance to keep the score level.
Daniel Esmaeilifar came agonizingly close to opening the scoring for the visitors at the hour-mark as he capitalized on a defensive mistake to send a low drive through the legs of Al Jazira’s Mohamed Jamal. Esmaeilifar watched his shot graze the outside of the upright and go out for a goal kick.
Tractro Sazi goalkeeper Jordi had his toughest test three minutes from time when defender Khalifa Mubarak rose highest to head Khalfan Mubarak’s free-kick, but the goalkeeper dived low to save at his near post and earn his side a clean sheet and an important away point.
The Iranian side is yet to score a goal in the competition this season and will be eager to break its duck when it welcomes Al Jazira to Tabriz next week.