AFC Wrap: Persepolis and Al Hilal through to quarters

Persepolis and Al Hilal have been added the quarter-final line-up of the 2017 AFC Champions League following their wins on Tuesday.

A first half own goal was enough to see Persepolis go through at the expense of Lekhwiya on a night of few chances. The first leg had ended in a goalless draw but visitors Persepolis turned heads when they struck first at Lekhwiya on Tuesday.

Chico Flores would fail to deal with a cross, sending the ball into the back of his own net in the 23rd minute. The hosts would have a couple chances late in the game to draw level, but Youssef Msanki and Nam Tae-hee would both send their efforts wide.

Meanwhile, Al Hilal were protecting a 2-1 lead after their first leg clash with Esteghlal Khuzestan. Again the Saudi’s proved too hot for the Iranians to handle, running out 2-1 victors to win 4-2 on aggregate.

The visiting Esteghlal Khuzestan enjoyed a bright start, getting back into the tie courtesy of a 12th minute strike by Cameroonian forward Aloys Nong.

However, their joy was short-lived as Omar Khirbin levelled matters four minutes later to all but seal Al Hilal’s place in the last eight. Substitute Salem Al Dawsari added a late goal in the 82nd minute to put the cherry on top of a solid Round of 16 performance from the two-time champions.