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AFC Champions League: Esteghlal FC 1-0 Al Shorta

Iran's Esteghlal have squeezed past Al Shorta of Iraq 1-0, to reach the last 16 of the AFC Champions League.

Cheick Diabate fired the Iranians ahead, after converting a spot kick in the 14th minute. The Malian striker could have doubled the lead 6 minutes later on another penalty, only to be denied by the keeper.

Three teams from Iran have made it to the round of 16; Esteghlal will face Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, while Persepolis take-on Istiklol of Tajikistan, with Tractor Sazi facing Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr.

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