x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Al Shabab reach Asian Champions League group stage after penalty drama against Saba Qom

The Dubai side staged a stunning fightback in Iran to secure their place in the Champions League after a last-gasp equaliser took the match to penalties.

Saba Qom 1 Al Shabab 1
(AET.  90 mins: 1-1.  Al Shabab win 5-4 on penalties)

Al Shabab staged a stunning fightback in Iran last night, defeating hosts Saba Qom 5-4 on penalties to book their place in the group stages of the Asian Champions League.

Iman Razaghirad had struck in the sixth minute to get the hosts off to a perfect start, but, after a long struggle, Assam Dhahi equalised with only a minute remaining to take the game into extra time, where the score remain unchanged.

The win gives Shabab, who are on a 10-match unbeaten run in domestic competitions, a place in Group B alongside Qatari champions Lekhwiya, Al Ettifaq of Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan league champions Pakhtakor.

They travel to Lekhwiya for their opener on February 26.

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