His 39 recoveries are also top for midfielders and just like tackles, second only to Khalilzadeh. “The coach told us at half time that we would be able to win the match. The 2018 South America Player of the Year arrived in Saudi Arabia with a big reputation and, after bedding into the team in the group stage, the quarter-final goal would have been a huge boost for player and club. However, he may have good reason to feel confident about adding to his tally given that all three of those strikes have come against Saturday's opponents. Amiri completed more dribbles (19) than any other Persepolis player and completed more passes in opposition half than all but three players in the entire competition. I want to thank them for always being supportive. In a fixture that promises interesting match-ups all over the pitch, Al Ghannam against Nemati is worth looking out for. Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (West) reaches its climax on Saturday as Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr FC and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis lock horns at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium with a place at the final at stake. Naturally a left-winger, Amiri has mostly been deployed in a more central role in the 2020 AFC Champions League, with Ehsan Pahlavan taking the wide spot. The 38-year-old goes into the last-four clash having made more saves (24) than any other goalkeeper and having been beaten only by a late Baghdad Bounedjah goal on Matchday Five. Two years earlier, Persepolis were well and truly beaten by Al Hilal as a 3-0 second-leg defeat saw them exit at the last 16 stage. You are in AFC Champions League / Article ACL Goals of the Decade – Semi-final 2 Saturday, August 29, 2020 Kuala Lumpur: It's goals galore again from the AFC Champions League as we highlight 10 more incredible efforts from the past decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourite. AFC Champions League Allianz #ACL2020 Goal of the Week Oct 01 2020. Copyright © 2017. Knockout round matches against teams from the Saudi Arabian capital have not gone well for Persepolis in the AFC Champions League, with Al Nassr's great rivals Al Hilal eliminating the Iranian side twice since 2015, most notably in the 2017 semi-final. Yet, the 19-year-old winger is now one of the key stars the Riyadh-based side are counting on to drive them to the summit of the continent once more. When Al Nassr took on Real Madrid at the 2000 FIFA Club World Cup as AFC representatives in the inaugural edition of the competition, Khalid Al Ghannam had not been born. If selected in the right-back position again, as he has been in all six of the games in Doha, the Tehran native's defensive abilities are likely to be tested to the max against an opponent who goes into the game full of confidence. However, with veteran Jones and the experienced Lak performing superbly behind resolute defences, the two semi-finalists have been able to navigate some tight games to reach the last four. Here's how those involved reflected on the action. Egypt's Al Ahly seize a big advantage over Wydad Casablanca in the African Champions League semi-final with a 2-0 win in the first leg in Morocco. Our players really fought in hard conditions, I hope we can continue like this.". That was his third chance created in the competition. 5. Indeed, Pahlavan has played 26 times in the AFC Champions League since debuting in 2016 and has just three goals to his name. A pacey winger, combining trickery and vision, Al Ghannam rose to prominence after scoring in the semi-final and the final of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship as Saudi Arabia were crowned continental champions at that age group. The Knockout Stage will commence with the Quarter-finals on December 10 before the Semi-final on December 13. Midfielder Bashar Resan said Persepolis FC's fighting spirit sealed them a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final. The Asian Football Confederation. The pair have both impressed over the past three weeks and as they get set to face off for the first time since 2015, the-AFC.com picks out five things to look out for. Doha: And then there were two. The 27-year-old has yet to open his account for his new side although, in a career spent primarily with Zobahan, goalscoring has not featured high up on his resume. All rights reserved. Back in the 2016 group stage, Zobahan and Al Nassr faced off on Matchdays Five and Six, both with hopes of reaching the last 16, and Pahlavan starred with two goals in the first game and another in the rematch to help the Isfahan side advance. All rights reserved. Poll ends at 23:00 (UTC +8) on October 3. The fighting spirit of the players helped us fight for more than 120 minutes. “This team has potential, quality and young players who have the quality, but we need more time to work together. Al Ghannam’s 47 duels won is also top of the charts for his club and fourth in the 2020 AFC Champions League. Of the two teams remaining in West Asia it would be hard to argue that they haven't had the most impressive goalkeepers in Qatar, with Al Nassr's Brad Jones and Persepolis' Hamed Lak excelling as the last lines of defence. Share on; Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (West) reaches its climax on Saturday as Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr FC and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis lock horns at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium with a place in the final at stake.

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