Naft Tehran, Al Ain share the spoils

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Naft Tehran and Al Ain played out a 1-1 draw in their Group B clash in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

Naft defender Siamak Kooroshi broke the deadlocked within seconds after coming on as a substitute early in the second half, before last year’s top scorer Asamoah Gyan level proceedings 10 minutes later.

The home side had the better of possession in a largely even contest, but ultimately had their goalkeeper to thank for the one point after Alireza Beiranvand made several telling saves throughout the match.

The 2014 AFC Foreign Player of the Year Gyan was the first to have a sight at goal on 10 minutes but was denied by a left-handed save from Beiranvand, who saved acrobatically three minutes later from Ibrahim Diaky.

Despite having the better of the possession, Naft struggled to create openings and were largely limited to shots from range in the first half, as Gyan continued to look the most likely to score.

The Ghanaian spurned a wonderful chance late in the first half when he raced through the Naft defense only to be denied by the outstretched boot of the stopper.

Naft then took the lead when Kooroshi got on the end of Vahid Amiri’s long throw-in with a fine header.