Lokomotiv and Al Nasr both made sure of their places in AFC Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, while Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad were eliminated.
Lokomotiv (Uzbekistan) 0-0 Al Nasr (UAE)
Lokomotiv’s draw with Al Nasr ensured the Uzbeki side finished top of Group A by one solitary point.
Knowing that a draw would be enough to see them finish in first place with 10 points, the hosts took little risks in what turned out to be a pretty tame stalemate against their opponents from the United Arab Emirates.
Al Nasr also snuck into the last 16 thanks to the draw. While they finished level on nine points with Saudi side Al Ittihad, who won 2-0 against Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan, their superior goal difference saw them through.
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan (Iran) 0-2 Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)
Al Ittihad were eliminated from the 2016 AFC Champions League despite a 2-0 victory over Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan.
Al Nasr’s draw with Lokomotiv ensured the passage of those two teams into the knockout phase, with Al Ittihad joining their opponents Sepahan in being eliminated regardless of their win.
Lucian Sanmartean opened the scoring after 15 minutes before Ahmed Al Nathiri claimed a second 16 minutes before time, but it was not enough for the Saudi side, who finished level on points with Al Nasr but behind on goal difference.
Lekhwiya (Qatar) 0-0 Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan)
A goalless draw between Lekhwiya and Bunyodkor saw the Qatar side through to the last 16, as they consolidated second place in Group B.
The match was of no real consequence, as Lekhwiya had already booked their place in the next round behind group winners Zobahan, who they were unable to overtake, while even a win for Bunyodkor would see them do no better than third place.
Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia) 0-3 Zobahan (Iran)
Zobahan maintained their impressive undefeated group stage run with a 3-0 victory over Al-Nassr.
Ehsin Pahlavan and Masoud Hassanzadeh made it 2-0 in half-time before Hashem Beikzadeh added a third in the dying minutes of the match.
Al-Nassr were reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark, as their campaign closed on a disappointing note.
The victory sees the Iranians make sure of their place in the round of 16, but marks the end of the line for Al-Nassr, who finish third in Group B.