ACL: Zobahan and Al Nassr battle for top spot

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Tasnim – DOHA, Zob Ahan and Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr will face-off on Wednesday in a direct battle for the top spot of the 2019 AFC Champions League Group A at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha.

The match had been scheduled to take place on May 21 in Karbala, Iraq but was postponed and moved to an alternative venue for security reasons.

Both teams had secured qualification to the Round of 16 with a game to spare.

Zob Ahan needed an added time goal from Reza Habibzadeh to snatch a point from Al Zawraa on Matchday Five and reach 11 points at the top of the group. Al Nassr, meanwhile, cruised to a 3-1 win over Al Wasl to join the Iranians in the next stage.

On Wednesday, a win for Al Nassr will earn the team the top spot and a Round of 16 date with local rival Al Ittihad. A draw or a Zob Ahan win mean it is the Iranians who will face the two-time AFC Champions League winner, while Al Nassr will face Group B leader Al Wahda of the UAE.

Zob Ahan had scored either a winner or an equalizer in the last 10 minutes of each of its past three AFC Champions League games, including the reverse fixture against Al Nassr, when it came from behind to collect the three points in Dubai thanks to an Amir Motahari strike in added time.

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