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AFC Champions League Semi-final (West): 5 Things To Look Out For


Just 20 days after the 2020 AFC Champions League resumed in Doha only two teams remain in the West Asia section of the draw as Al Nassr and Persepolis FC prepare to meet on Saturday with a place in the final at stake.


Back in 2018 Martinez inspired River Plate to South America's Copa Libertadores title, winning the Most Valuable Player award in a campaign that saw him net a stoppage-time winner against Brazilian side Gremio in the semi-finals and then score the goal that put paid to bitter rivals Boca Juniors' challenge in the second leg of the final.


Of the two teams remaining in West Asia it would be hard to argue that they haven't had the most impressive goalkeepers in Qatar, with Al Nassr's Brad Jones and Persepolis' Hamed Lak excelling as the last lines of defence.


Ehsan Pahlavan is one of a number of new recruits to have joined Persepolis ahead of the AFC Champions League's resumption and, just as the likes of Lak, Isa Al Kasir, Saeid Aghaei and Milad Sarlak have done, the forward has fitted seamlessly into the starting 11.


Back in the 2016 group stage, Zobahan and Al Nassr faced off on Matchdays Five and Six, both with hopes of reaching the last 16, and Pahlavan starred with two goals in the first game and another in the rematch to help the Isfahan side advance.


Twenty games on and the Bojnord native has not found the back of the net since, but if he can rediscover his scoring touch he could yet again help an Iranian side advance at Al Nassr's expense.






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