TEHRAN – Esteghlal football team of Iran left it late before salvaging a 2-2 draw against Al Rayyan in Group D of the AFC Champions League at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday.
Al Rayyan captain Rodrigo Tabata opened their own goal just seven minutes into the match.
Moroccan Abderrazak Hamdallah levelled the match in the 18th minute and Tabata scored in the 18th minute.
Tabata was sent off in the 80th minute for a dangerous tackle on Esteghlal’s player.
Ali Ghorbani was on target in the 88th minute to seal a deserved point for the Iranian team.
Esteghlal face Saudi champions Al Hilal on Matchday Two while Al Rayyan travel to the UAE to play Al Ain.
The 2018 AFC Champions League is the 37th edition of Asia’s premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 16th under the current AFC Champions League title.
The winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League will qualify as the AFC representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
date: 14 February 2018 id: 22291 source: tehran times