Persepolis edge Al Nassr on penalties to seal 2020 AFC Champions League final berth
Doha: Ten-man Persepolis FC reached the final of the 2020 AFC Champions League after overcoming Al Nassr 5-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of the semi-final ended in a 1-1 draw at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday.
Persepolis goalkeeper Hamed Lak was the hero as he saved An Nassr's fourth spot-kick - taken by Maicon - as the Islamic Republic of Iran side advanced to their second AFC Champions League final in three years and denied Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr a maiden appearance in the continental final.
Golmohammadi dedicates AFC Champions League win to Persepolis fans
Doha: Head coach Yahya Golmohammadi thanked Persepolis FC's fans after the Islamic Republic of Iran champions defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr on penalties to reach the 2020 AFC Champions League final on Saturday.
Going into the semi-final clash at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium without their star striker Isa Al Kasir who was earlier suspended for six months for violating Article 58.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code, Persepolis came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw before winning 5-3 on penalties.
Fighting spirit took Persepolis into AFC Champions League final, says Resan
Doha: Midfielder Bashar Resan said Persepolis FC's fighting spirit sealed them a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final as the Islamic Republic of Iran side saw off Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in the semi-final on Saturday.
Despite going behind to Abderrazzak Hamdallah's penalty - which Resan conceded - in the 36th minute and having to play the final 16 minutes of extra time with 10 men at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Persepolis persevered as they showed nerves of steel to win the penalty shootout 5-3, with goalkeeper Hamed Lak saving Al Nassr's fourth spot-kick taken by Maicon.
Resan, who redeemed himself for conceding the penalty by sending an inch perfect for Mehdi Abdi Qara to draw Persepolis level in the 42nd minute, paid tribute to the resilience of his teammates.
Vitoria confident bright future awaits Al Nassr after AFC Champions League run
Doha: Head coach Rui Vitoria found positives in his Al Nassr side’s 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to Persepolis in the semi-final of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Saturday.
Current top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah broke the deadlock on 36 minutes from the spot after Bashar Resan had conceded a penalty, before the Iraqi made amends just six minutes later by assisting teammate Mehdi Abdi Qara’s headed equaliser to put the Iran Pro League champions back in the reckoning.