Tasnim – DUBAI, Zob Ahan coach praised his players after a 3-1 win over Al Wasl of the UAE in Group A of the AFC Champions League on Monday.
Caio put Al Wasl ahead just 14 minutes into the match but the Isfahan side needed just two minutes to restore parity through Christian Osaguona before adding further goals from Amir Arsalan Motahari and Hamid Bouhamdan.
“It’s the fourth or fifth time we’ve made such a comeback recently,” said former Iran international Mansourian.
“They surprised us really early in the match to go a goal up, but the fact that we were able to respond so well and make such a good comeback shows the team’s mentality is very good.
“It was a tough game, but my young players played very well and I’m especially pleased by my captain’s performance, he (Ghasem Hadadifar) has a lot of AFC Champions League experience.”
After a goalless draw with Iraq’s Al Zawraa on Matchday One, Zob Ahan’s win over Al Wasl, coming on the back of that rollercoaster 3-2 win over Al Nassr, now sees Mansourian’s men three points clear at the summit of the Group A standings.
“As I say, I’m so happy with this result, but we have to remain focused and recognize that we’re only halfway through the group stage at this point,” said Mansourian.
“My players are young, so they will enjoy this result and be happy to get the win. But we know that we’ve got the second half of the group stage still to come,” Mansourian concluded.