Iranian football giants, Esteghlal Football Club, returned to Asian Champions League finals by defeating former FC Barcelona star Xavi’s Qatari football club Al Sadd before nearly 78,000 fans at Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital Tehran.
The playoff match ended in a goalless draw after both 90 minutes ordinary time and 30 minutes extra-time. Esteghlal defeated Xavi’s Al Sadd four-three after penalty shootouts.
The Iranian football club, Esteghlal, have qualified for the group stage of 2017 AFC Champions League. Esteghlal are in Group A and are in the same group as Al Ahli (United Arab Emirates), Lokomotiv Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Al Taawoun (Saudi Arabia).