Preview - Group C: Esteghlal FC (IRN) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: Al Hilal look to extend their winning run in the 2019 AFC Champions League to three games when they face Islamic Republic of Iran’s Esteghlal in Doha on Monday.
The Saudi team are one of just two sides who have collected six points in the competition, alongside Korea Republic’s Daegu FC.
Coach Zoran Mamic’s men are eyeing a first continental title, having reached the final in 2014 and 2017. They started in a perfect manner, defeating Al Ain 1-0 and Al Duhail 3-1.
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Esteghlal, on the other side, have not been in good form under coach Winfriend Schäfer this season. They dropped to fourth in the Iranian Pro League table and are bottom of their group with just one point.
The two giants of Asian football have met on five occasions in the competition, with Esteghlal winning three times, and Al Hilal winning on two occasions. Their most recent encounter last year ended with a 1-0 Iranian victory in Kuwait City.
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