AFC Champions League Playoff: Zob Ahan vs Aizawl FC, 5 Talking Points
I-League champions Aizawl FC tasted defeat in their first outing on the Asian stage as they were beaten 3-1 by Zob Ahan of Iran in their AFC Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.
The Iranian side took an early lead, but Aizawl managed to grab an equaliser. Their dogged resistance was broken however towards the end as the Iranian outfit scored twice more to win comfortably.
The win means the Iranian outfit now progress into Asia's top continental club competition while Aizawl have to settle for an AFC Cup spot where they will be placed in Group E.
Here's what stood out from the game:
#1 Aizawl go down early
The Mizo side experienced first-hand the step up in class in continental football as Zob Ahan pressured them from the kick-off. Aizawl found it extremely tough to keep up with their hosts and fell behind in just the third minute of the match through a penalty when Chawnghlut Lalrosanga fouled Zob Ahan captain Morteza Tabrizi in the box.
Mehdi Rajabzadeh converted with a firmly struck right-footed shot into the bottom left corner to open the scoring and put the hosts ahead.