Al Ahli crash out of AFC Champions League with defeat to Persepolis
The first-leg of the quarter final with Iranian side Persepolis as the home team was played in Oman for political reasons. Al Ahli went up 2-0 in the first leg by the 58th minute, before the Iranians were able to rally back to a 2-2 draw.
The second-leg was played in the United Arab Emirates and was off to quick start as Persepolis scored first in the 5th minute though Ali Alipour. Just six minutes later, they were down to 10 men after Kamal Kamyabinia received a straight red card.
Despite the one man advantage, Al Ahli founded it difficult to create clear-cut chances to tie up the game and entered the half-time break losing 3-2 on aggregate.
Seven minutes into the second half, captain Tasir Al-Jassim assisted Saleh Al-Amri to tie up the game 3-3, giving Al Ahli the advantage on away goals.
Still with the one man advantage, it looked like Al Ahli would seal the game, however, just seven minutes before full time, a clear handball by Motaz Hawsawi saw another red card and a penalty awarded to Persepolis. Substitute Mensha went on to convert the penalty, making it 4-3 on aggregate to the Iranian side.
Another penalty was awarded to Persepolis in the fourth minute of injury time, which Taremi calmly converted, guiding his side to the semi-finals.
Persepolis will face another Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal in the semi-finals after the latter beat Al Ain 3-0 on aggregate. The games will be played on September 26 and October 17 in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Muscat, Oman respectively.
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