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[26 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Source: www.the-afc.com
Umm Salal became the second Qatari side to deal a blow to Iranian hopes of ACL success when they held Esteghlal to a 1-1 draw but coach Gerard Gili admitted they were fortunate to come away unbeaten.
The draw at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, which comes a day after Al Gharafa thrashed Piroozi 5-1, all but extinguishes Esteghlal’s hopes of reaching the last 16 and means a similar result in either of Umm Salal’s final two matches will see them progress.
Arash Borhani, the leading scorer in the Iranian league, …

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[26 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Source: www.the-afc.com
Al Ittihad coach Gabriel Calderon slammed his players on Wednesday after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Al Jazira of the UAE at Prince Abdullah Stadium saying that the result was barely deserved.
“My team’s performance was extremely bad and they did not deserve the draw. A fair result would have been a win for Al Jazira who played very well,” said the Argentine.
The two-time AFC Champions League winners took the lead five minutes before the break through Osama Al Harbi but Al Jazira took control after the …

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[23 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Brazilian striker Fernando Baiano has denied Al Ittihad a win and a place in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League and kept Al Jazira’s hopes well alive with an equaliser in Saudi Arabia.
The strike gave Al Jazira a 1-1 draw but still leaves Al Ittihad on top. Al Jazira are sitting in third position.
The two-time Asian champions had a great opportunity to seal their passage into the 2nd stage of the competition, especially after they took a 50th-minute 1 – 0 lead through Osama Al Harbi.
With 20 minutes …

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[8 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Al Ittihad, title winners in 2004 and 2005, drew 0-0 against Al Jazira.
Al Jazira are still looking for their first win and should have collected it against the Saudi Arabians.
Brazilian stars Rafael Sobis and Fernando caused problems for the visiting defence but goalkeeper Mabrouk Zaid was a brick wall, stopping all shots on goal.
That left Umm Salal to open a four-point gap between second and third as they won 1-0 at home to Iranian league leaders Esteghlal.
Fabio Cesar made it 1 – 0 for the Qatari …

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[18 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Two-time Asian Champions Al Ittihad moved three points clear at the top of Group C with an impressive 3-1 win at Umm Salal of Qatar.
That makes it two out of two for the Saudi Arabians, who had to come from behind. Ibrahim N’Diaye put the hosts ahead on the half-hour but defender Hamad Al Montashari equalised for Al Ittihad just before the break.
Renato put the visitors ahead after 56 minutes and six minutes later, Hicham Aboucherouane sealed the win for the 2004 and 2005 champions.
Iran’s Esteghlal will certainly see their …

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[11 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad needed an injury-time winner from Moroccan striker Hicham Aboucherouane to defeat Esteghlal 2-1 in Group C of the Asian Champions League.
The two-time Asian champions had been a goal behind at home to the Iranian giants.
It all happened late in the game.
With 13 minutes remaining, Arash Borhani put the visitors ahead in Jeddah with a fine header.
Just three minutes later, Egyptian striker Emad Motaeb levelled for the hosts and with seconds remaining, Aboucherouane fired home an unstoppable shot from 30 yards.
There was an injury-time winner in Group C’s …