Tehran Times – DUBAI, Zob Ahan of Iran lost to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad 2-1 in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
Alireza Mansourian’s team got off to a dream start at the neutral venue of United Arab Emirates’ Zabeel Stadium.
Zob Ahan captain Ghasem Haddadifar opened the goal with a curling left-footed strike from outside the area.
Just two minutes later, Luis Jimenez equalized the match after a cross from the right was deflected onto the bar and the ball fell to the ex-Chile international and he made no mistake in poking home on the rebound for a debut goal.
In the 72nd minute, Al Ittihad defender Ziyad Al-Sahafi sent a powerful header into the back of the Zob Ahan’s net to win the tie.
On Aug. 12, Zob Ahan will host Al Ittihad in Doha’s Grand Hamad Stadium.