Foolad Khouzestan edge Esteghlal on penalties to win Hazfi Cup
Isfahan: Foolad Khouzestan closed the Islamic Republic of Iran's domestic season in style, beating Esteghlal on penalties to lift the Hazfi Cup on Sunday.
Locked at 0-0 after 120 minutes, Javad Nekounam’s side held their nerve to convert all four of their spot-kicks, with unsuccessful efforts from Esteghlal’s Farshid Esmaeili and Dariush Shojaeian handing the victory to Foolad.
The win is Foolad’s first ever Hazfi Cup triumph, and one which will see them return to the continental stage next season.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Goalkeeper
Kuala Lumpur: After the conclusion of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage in July, the-AFC.com looks back on some of the standout displays from those involved in order to find out the Best XI from the first round. We begin with the goalkeepers.
To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from the group stage to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.
We kick things off with five standout goalkeepers for the all-important number one jersey. Review the nominees and then choose who you think should take the position as the last line of defence in this all-star XI in the poll below.
2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage – 5 of the Best: Team Goals
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' spotlight on 2021 AFC Champions League group stage action this week highlights goals that are far more about the collective than the individual.
Having already reviewed some sensational strikes in the form of long-range rockets and set-piece specials we turn to moves that were perfected on the training ground before being played out on the continental stage. After reviewing the five teams goals, vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
Kerr, Kubo, Al Dawsari and Wang: Asia’s Best at the Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo: Faster, higher and stronger; They were the Asian footballing stars who shone brightest at the Games of the 32nd Olympiad.
With four teams across the men’s and women’s competitions reaching the knockout stage and two going all the way to the medal rounds, there was plenty for Asia to shout out about during this year’s Olympic football feast,
After a year without major international competitions, Asia’s chase for Olympic gold produced ecstasy, heartbreak, classic contests and exceptional individual performances.
Whether it was Sam Kerr’s record-breaking exploits for Australia, the emergence of Takefusa Kubo as the next Japanese superstar, the valiant efforts of Salem Al Dawsari and Wang Shuang or the new faces who emerged alongside them, the continent’s leading lights came to play.
Join the-AFC.com as we highlight and celebrate several of the continent’s standout individuals from the Tokyo Olympics football tournaments, and invite you to vote for the best performer of all.