Sepahan Will Advance to ACL Knockout Stage: Amir Ghalenoei

Sepahan Will Advance to ACL Knockout Stage: Amir Ghalenoei

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Sepahan football team coach Amir Ghalenoei is confident that his team will qualify for the AFC Champions League knockout stage despite suffering a 3-0 defeat to Al Sadd of Qatar.

A terrific second half display helped the Qatari giant climb to top spot of Group D at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Tuesday.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate Al Sadd for this win. I think they deserved to win because played better,” Ghalenoei said in the post-match news conference.

“We could have scored a goal before the half time and conceded a goal from the counter attack at the beginning of the second half. We made some changes in the second half but it didn’t work,” he added.

Ghalenoei also criticized Asian Football Confederation for the competition schedule.

“It’s very difficult to play three consecutive away matches, but I am sure we can qualify for the next stage. We will forget the loss and prepare for the next match,” he concluded.

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