AFC – ABU DHABI, Mourad Batna bagged a goal and an assist as UAE’s Al Wahda defeated Islamic Republic of Iran’s Zobahan 3-0 on Matchday Four of the AFC Champions League Group B on Monday.
Al Wahda started on the front foot as Batna’s shot in the fourth minute went just wide off the left post. Zobahan responded through Seyed Hosseini whose shot was saved by goalkeeper Rashed Ali.
Sebastian Tagliabue put the home side in front in the dying moments of the first half, sweeping home from Balazs Dzsudzsak’s deftly executed free-kick.
Just 12 minutes after the restart, Batna extended Al Wahda’s lead as his curled shot from the edge of the box found the back of Zobahan’s net, making it 2-0.
In the 65th minute, Mohamed Al Akbari rounded the scoring for the Emiratis after calmly converting Batna’s ground cross. Al Wahda maintained composure and an organised defence until the referee blew the full time whistle.
Despite the win, Al Wahda remain in Group B’s last spot with three points ahead of a trip to Tashkent to face Lokomotiv, while Zobahan stay second with six points and will face Al Duhail in Matchday Five.