The Iranian football team’s tough test against Al-Sadd has kicked off at Education City Stadium, while Persepolis has made it to the knockout stage for the sixth time in their history.

Iran PressMiddle East: The 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 continued on Sunday with the first fixture of the day pitting Iran’s Persepolis against Al-Sadd at Education City Stadium.

Yahya Golmohammadi’s team has made it to the knockout stage for the sixth time in their history, their most recent effort taking them all the way to the final of the 2018 edition, which they lost to Kashima Antlers of Japan.

This time around, Persepolis needed a win on Matchday Six to confirm passage from Group C, and they delivered in style after beating UAE Pro League side Sharjah 4-0, while Al-Taawoun’s late win against Al-Duhail meant Persepolis’ result took the team to the top of the group.

Qatar’s most successful side in the AFC Champions League, Al-Sadd, has appeared in the competition on 13 occasions, reaching the knockout stage six times prior to 2020, winning the title in 2011 and reaching the semi-finals in 2018 and 2019.

The other Iranian team Esteghlal was defeated by Pakhtakor by 2-1 in the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday, a result which sent the Uzbekistan side to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.


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