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Semi-finals, Second Leg: What They Said

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: With the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-finals concluding this week across Asia, looks back at the reactions of the key players involved in the exciting second leg ties. 

We know that if we lose in the final then this has no meaning, but I firmly believe that if we come together and give everything we have again then we can go all the way and become champions.

Kashima Antlers Brazilian star Serginho has eyes on the prize after their dramatic 6-5 aggregate victory over Suwon Samsung Bluewings following a 3-3 draw in Korea Republic.

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This win is for the fans here who stood with us despite the tough times we are going through. Congratulations to these fans, and the fans outside the stadium.

Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan dedicates the side's place in the AFC Champions League Final to their passionate fanbase who packed out Tehran's Azadi Stadium in the 1-1 draw with Al Sadd, which secured a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win.

We played well in both legs but we could not make use of the chances which came our way. In the first leg, we conceded a penalty that led to our defeat and the exit from the tournament. This is how football is.

Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira in philosophical mood after the AFC Champions League exit at the hands of Persepolis in Tehran.

I don’t know how to describe the moment [of scoring], I was out of control. I was so happy when I saw everyone cheering. I have never experienced anything like this before, but it’s a really good feeling and I know all Iranians are happy. But it’s not finished, we still need their support in the final.

Match-winner Siamak Nemati tries to put into words the feeling of scoring the goal that sent Persepolis into the AFC Champions League Final.

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