TEHRAN – Persepolis of Iran football team booked a place in the AFC Champions League quarter-final with a 2-1 win over the UAE’s Al Jazira.
In front of 90,000 vociferous fans in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, Persepolis, who had lost 3-2 in the first leg in Abu Dhabi, put the visiting team under pressure in the first half but failed to score.
Al Jazira also defended well in the second half but Ahmad Nourollahi scored a spectacular goal in the 63rd minute with a long-range shot.
Just seven minutes later, Al Jazira’s Romarinho fired a right-footed shot from just outside the box to the bottom left corner to equalize the match.
Persepolis were in danger of being knocked out of competition but their captain Jalal Hosseini scored a winner from the box in the 89th minute.
On Tuesday, Iran’s Esteghlal will host compatriot Zob Ahan in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
Esteghlal have lost 1-0 in the first leg.