In the Asian Champions League, Esteghlal of Iran have lost in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Qatar’s Al-Sadd at Azadi Stadium.
Esteghlal unexpectedly took the lead in the 12th minute after the Al-Sadd keeper’s mistake allowed a back-pass to slip into his goal.
In the 2nd half, the visitors piled-up the pressure and scored the equalizer on the hour mark. Five minutes later Bounedjah made it 2-1 for Al-Sadd, following a through-ball from Xavi.
Bounedjah doubled his tally in the 74th minute from the spot to help his side get 1 step closer to the semi-finals. The 2 teams will play the return leg in Doha on September the 17th.