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Iran’s Zobahan, Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr battle for ACL Group A top spot

Tehran, Iran's Zobahan and Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr will faceoff at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha in their last group stage match of 2019 AFC Championships League on Wednesday in what is seen as a direct battle for the top spot of Group A.

The match had been scheduled to take place on May 21 in Karbala, Iraq but was postponed and moved to an alternative venue for security reasons, the AFC.com wrote.

Both teams had secured qualification to the Round of 16 with a game to spare. Zobahan needed an added time goal from Reza Habibzadeh to snatch a point from Al Zawraa on Matchday Five and reach 11 points at the top of the group. Al Nassr, meanwhile, cruised to a 31 win over Al Wasl to join the Iranians in the next stage.

On Wednesday, a win for Al Nassr will earn them the top spot and a Round of 16 date with local rivals Al Ittihad. A draw or a Zobahan win mean it is the Iranians who face the twotime AFC Champions League winners, while Al Nassr face Group B leaders Al Wahda of the UAE.

Zobahan had scored either a winner or an equalizer in the last 10 minutes of each of their past three AFC Champions League games, including the reverse fixture against Al Nassr, when they came from behind to collect the three points in Dubai thanks to an Amir Motahari strike in added time.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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