AFC Champions League — Al Duhail 3 Zob Ahan 1

QNB Stars League leaders Al Duhail got the better of Iran’s Zob Ahan 3-1 in front of home fans in their opening AFC Champions League Group B match on Monday.

Brazilian striker Kiros took Zob Ahan ahead in the 12th minute. Giorgi Gvelesiani’s header was nodded on by Morteza Tabrizi to beat goalkeeper Amine Lecomte, but the forward saw his headed effort ricochet off the cross bar and into the path of Kiros, who headed home from point-blank range. 

The visitors defended resiliently and were successful in keeping Al Duhail attackers at bay, until the 74th minute when Youssef Msakni’s shot was spilled by goalkeeper Mazaheri onto the path of Karim Boudiaf, who drove home the rebound to equalise. 

The defensive midfielder scored again two minutes later with a powerful header off a Nam Tae-Hee cross from the corner. 

The South Korean playmaker was his side’s creative force once more, finding Msakni with a cross that was swept home to round off the scoring with five minutes to go and seal an important victory at the start of the campaign for Al Duhail.