Al Wasl’s Zabeel Stadium in the UAE plays host to the first West Asia fixture of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16, but it is Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad which is the home team as it faces Iran’s Zob Ahan on Monday.
Zob Ahan coach Alireza Mansourian was delighted with the way his side responded after the Persian Gulf Pro League side recorded a come-from-behind 3-1 win against the UAE's Al Wasl in Group A on Monday.
The second preliminary round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Champions League bursts into life on Tuesday when a total eight teams from the West and East Zones will book their place in the competition’s playoff phase.
Esteghlal’s Mame Thiam insisted that the Blues are aiming for a spot in the 2018 AFC Champions League final after the striker’s treble in the 3-1 Round of 16 second leg win over fellow Iranian side Zob Ahan on Tuesday saw them advance to the quarterfinals 3-2 on aggregate.
Esteghlal must reverse a one-goal deficit from the first leg of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 encounter with Zob Ahan when the sides square off for the second leg at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.