The two teams will face an important confrontation in the knockout stage.
FC Istiklol captain Alisher Dzhalilov believes that any result could be achieved in his team's match againstPersepolis FC
has become the first club in Tajikistan's history to reach the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League and will face Persepolis FC. They were in the group stage with Al Hilal SFC, the 2019 champion, and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, the 2015 runner-up, and the experts did not give them much chance. However, they managed to reach the knockout rounds in their first appearance in the competition. Now, the captain of the team, before the confrontation with Persepolis, which was the runner-up in 2020 and 2018, claimed that any result could happen to them.
He toldAFC's website
“The group was very strong, but we set ourselves up well in every match.
“We believed in our ability to succeed and gave all our strength on the field. It was a great experience for us, and we are very glad that we made it to the next round, bringing joy to our fans and those of Tajik football.
“Preparations for this match are proceeding in the most serious way. We have great respect for the opponent, but we are not afraid. We will play our game and go into the game only for victory.
“Football is not a predictable game; anything can happen on the field. We have already made history, qualifying from the group stage in our debut season and will do our best to get as far as possible in the tournament."
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