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Golmohammadi happy with dominant Persepolis, Ferrando crushed after second AFC Champions League loss


Goa: It was a comfortable night for Persepolis FC after Yahya Golmohammadi’s men hit four goals past India’s FC Goa in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday.

Shahriar Moghanlou and Mahdi Torabi gave Persepolis a two-goal cushion going into the break before Kamal Kamyabinia and Isa Alkasir completed the win as the 2020 AFC Champions League runners-up made it four wins out of four.

The result means Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis will confirm their Round of 16 spot if they avoid defeat against UAE's Al Wahda FSCC on Monday.

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Golmohammadi was happy with his team’s performance and delighted that Persepolis were able to play their normal attacking football.

“We performed well with good concentration. We didn’t give many opportunities to our opponents and we got the result we wanted,” said Golmohammadi.

2021 AFC Champions League: FC Goa 0-4 Persepolis FC

“We were happy with our free flowing attacking game as well possession. Maybe that’s the normal expectation for us but we’re satisfied with the result today.

“Fair play to FC Goa, they fought really well but eventually the best team won the match and it was solely because we converted all our chances to get this good result.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the Persepolis fans and we’re ready for the match against Al Wahda," said Golmohammadi

FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando didn't hide his disappointment following their second defeat to the Iranian giants.

“It was a very difficult match. A lot of the players were exhausted. We were forced into making these changes,” said Ferrando, having made five replacements to his starting lineup from the Matchday Three tie against Persepolis.

“The players are still recovering from the previous match. It would have been better if they had an extra day or so to prepare but this is not an excuse. We made plenty of mistakes in areas like defending and keeping possession and Persepolis deserved to win."

“I’m disappointed of course and very sad, and the players worked so hard, 100 percent. They tried everything they could.

“The 4-0 scoreline is not good for us and will make it difficult for us ahead of the Al Rayyan match. Psychologically the players are going to find it hard knowing that there's only one more week to go and we have to face Al Rayyan and Al Wahda."

“This is our squad and the reality of the AFC Champions League. My point of view is to change their mentality and there is no magic solution for this," said Ferrando

“The only positive we can take from this game is being injury free. Of course we had cramps here and there but thankfully nobody was injured.”

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