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Al Ahli surrender lead in AFC Champions League quarter-final match

Iranian side came from two goals down to hold Abdel-Shafy’s Al Ahli to a draw in their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg match.

Persepolis played this home match in Oman for political reasons. The absence of home advantage was evident when they fell behind after two minutes. Omar Al Somah marked his return with an opportunistic rebound goal. The Syrian had missed Ahli’s both round of 16 ties.

Despite leading, Al Ahli Jeddah was dominated by Persepolis in terms of possession. Al Ahli still managed to extend their lead in the second half.

Brazilian Leonardo was on-hand to finish a through pass by Al Jamaan to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute. This lead gave Mohamed Abdel-Shafy’s team a sense of security.

But Persepolis found time to draw level. First, Khalilzadeh scored a header in the 72nd minute following an assist by Alipor.

Alipor also assisted the equalising goal in the 84th minute. He set up Menshah, who shot from range to make the scoreline 2-2. Mohamed Abdel-Shafy featured for the entire 90 minutes.

The second leg will be played in Abu Dhabi on September 12. Al Ahli Jeddah will be looking to go past the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2012.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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