AFC Champions League 2021: Istiqlol turns into the primary Tajik membership within the final 16 matches of the event; Esteghlal progresses as Group C winner

Iranian Esteghlal superior to the spherical of 16 as Group C winner after Chieck Diabate’s 14th-minute penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Iraqi Al Shorta.

Istiqlol completed first in Group A regardless of dropping to AGMK. Picture: Twitter / @ TheAFCCL

Match debutants Istiqlol grew to become the primary Tajikistan membership to qualify for the Asian Champions League within the final 16 on Friday regardless of a 2-1 loss to AGMK Uzbekistan.

Dushanbe-based Istiqlol completed with 10 factors in six appearances on the prime of Group A on a greater head-to-head document with Saudi large Al Hilal, who additionally positioned among the many prime three groups in second after a 2-0. defeat by Shabab Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates.

AGMK had nothing to lose and had been aggressive from the beginning, conserving Istiqlol goalkeeper Rustam Yatimov on his toes all through the sport at King Fahd Worldwide Stadium in Riyadh.

After a number of tight calls, the Tajiks lastly got here below stress within the 67th minute with AGMK’s Zafar Polovonov coming off an help from Akramjon Komilov.

Twelve minutes later, Istiqlol suffered one other setback as AGMK scored their second purpose with a strong shot from Jovan Djokic on a cross from Murodjon Toshmatov discovering the web.

Istiqlol, who had already made historical past this month by changing into the primary Tajikistan membership to function within the continental membership’s centerpiece, pulled one off with Rustam Soirov scoring from the penalty spot after falling sufferer to a Komilov’s fault.

However though AGMK withstood the stress within the dying minutes to safe solely their second victory, it emerged that Al Hilal was crushed by Shabab Al Ahli at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

Igor Jesus scored each of Shabab’s objectives within the second half to offer the United Arab Emirates a second victory in three matches.

Brazilian striker Jesus first kicked off within the 54th minute after Mohamed Kanno shot down harmful Jaloliddin Masharipov.

Al Hilal’s star gamers didn’t shoot all through the match with Bafetimbi Gomis, Andre Carillo and Yasir al-Shahrani and when Jesus hit his second of the night time within the ninetieth minute it emerged that the the distress of the previous champions was complete.

However Qatar’s Al Duhail and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli could not draw 1-1 ensuing within the downfall and Al Hilal made the reduce.

Iranian Esteghlal superior to the spherical of 16 as Group C winner after Chieck Diabate’s 14th-minute penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Iraqi Al Shorta.

The Malian striker had missed an awesome alternative earlier within the recreation however made amends together with his kick after Croatian Hrvoje Milic fouled Karrar al-Abbasi.

Esteghlal gained one other penalty minutes later when Mehdi Ghaedi was downed, however Diabate’s shot was stopped by Al Shorta goalkeeper Ahmed Basil.

Iran Tractor FC and Iran Al Wahda, who weren’t in motion on Friday, additionally superior with Al Hilal, though they’re second of their respective teams.

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