Esteghlal needs a point against Al Taawoun to advance

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Tasnim – DOHA, Esteghlal football team of Iran will progress to the 2017 AFC Champions League Round of 16 should they claim a point against Al Taawoun at Al Ahli SC Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.

Al Taawoun sits three points adrift of second-placed Esteghlal in Group A, meaning a win would move the Saudi outfit level with its opponent on eight points, although a four-goal winning margin is required in order to gain the superior head-to-head record after Esteghlal ran out 3-0 victors in the corresponding fixture in February.

Kaveh Rezaei’s second-half equalizer against Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago secured a 1-1 draw and took Esteghlal within a point of advancing before the Tehran-based team won two on the bounce in the Iranian Pro League, the-afc.com wrote.

Al Taawoun, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Al Ahli in the Saudi Professional League on Friday, played out one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament on Matchday Five as Ricardo Machado’s injury-time equalizer ensured a 4-4 draw with Lokomotiv.

It now must win to have any chance of progression but will have to do so without the suspended Naif Mousa.


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