Persepolis Midfielder Bashar Resan Warns Al Duhail
Tehran (Tasnim) - Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan has warned Al Duhail that it faces a “difficult” task to advance to the AFC Champions League semi-finals ahead of the second leg of the quarter-finals at Azadi Stadium next Monday.
Al Duhail will travel to Iran with a slender lead after Almoez Ali’s first-leg goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory and a record-equaling ninth successive win in the competition for the Qatari side.
But Persepolis boasts a 100 percent record in front of its supporters having won four from four at Azadi Stadium and the Iranian giant overturned a one-goal deficit in the previous round when a 2-1 home victory saw them edge past the United Arab Emirates’ Al Jazira on away goals.
"Al Duhail tried to score more than one goal knowing that the second leg will be difficult in Iran in front of our fans,” said Iraq international Resan, who made his first start on the continent this season in the first leg.
“They weren't very dangerous, they just had more possession than us. There is now a second leg to play in Iran and, obviously, it will be a tough one.
“Hopefully, we will be able to satisfy our fans in Iran and also those who supported us here in Qatar," Rasan told the-afc.com.
Having reached the AFC Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 2017, Persepolis was making its second successive appearance in the last eight two weeks ago.
"They're a big team and haven't lost in a long time,” added Resan. “It was a tough match and Qatari teams are generally difficult to play at their home."
"We had some chances in both halves; we missed two or three good chances. We weren't bad and we can even say that it was a good match – 1-0 was not a bad result for us," he concluded.