ACL 2019: Doha to host match between Iran’s Esteghlal, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has selected Doha’s Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium to host the match between Iran’s Esteghlal and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in 2019 AFC Champions League.

It is the second year that the games between Iranian and Saudi clubs are held in a third country due to icy relations between Tehran and Riyadh.

Iran’s Esteghlal club had written a letter to AFC naming Doha’s Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium as its first pick and Karbala Stadium in Iraq as its second pick for hosting the game.

The AFC, finally chose Doha’s Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium to host the game.

The Tehran giants have been pitted against Qatar’s Al-Duhail, the UAE’s Al-Ain and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in the same group in ACL2019.
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