Khaleej Times – DUBAI, Al Wasl fell behind to early strikes from the Iranian club to lose their Group A fixture 2-0 at the Foolad Shahr Stadium in Isfahan, Iran.
Midfielder Alireza Cheraghali put Zobahan ahead in the very second minute of the game and striker Amir Arsalan Motahari added the second on 15 minutes.
It marked Al Wasl’s third loss after having gone down to Iraq’s Al Zawraa Club 5-0 and 3-1 to Zobahan at home two weeks ago.
The Dubai club languish bottom of the table with three points, while Zobahan moved to 10 points with this win and strengthened their chances of moving into the next stage.
It was Zobahan’s third win on the trot and the first time the Iranian club had done so since 2016. Zobahan had begun with a goalless draw against Al Zawraa Club before going on to beat Al Nassr 3-2.
Zobahan wasted little time in taking a hold of the game by going ahead on two minutes. Amir Arsalan Motahari came up with a fine assist and Alireza Cheraghali struck his right-footer, from inside the box, past goalkeeper Humaid Abdulla.
Zobahan increased the pressure with Ghasem Hadadifar and Motahari coming close in the opening 10 minutes and while Hadadifar drilled his left-footer over the cross bar, Abdulla did well to deny Motahari.
Despite conceding early, Al Wasl held their line and Zobahan’s Ighodaro Christian Osaguona and Mohammad Reza Hosseini were caught off-side.