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Analysis: Al Duhail win again but fail to hit previous heights

Al Duhail, AFC Champions League

Doha: Qatar’s Al Duhail matched Ulsan Hyundai’s record of nine AFC Champions League wins in a row in the first leg of the quarter-final, but Persepolis will return to the Islamic Republic of Iran confident they can overcome the 1-0 deficit and advance to a second successive semi-final.

When Almoez Ali headed home in the 15th minute, thoughts of Al Duhail’s resounding win over Al Ain in the previous round were not too far away. However, the Iranian giants dug deep to leave the tie firmly in the balance ahead of the second leg in Tehran in two weeks’ time.

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