Zob Ahan beats Al Hilal 1-0 in Asian Champs semis

October 6, 2010

Iranian league leader Zob Ahan saved a penalty and beat Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 1-0 in the semifinals first leg of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

Midfielder Ghasem Hadadifar hit a 57th-minute winner from a free kick at Foolad Shahr Stadium.

Al Hilal missed a golden opportunity four minutes before halftime when midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson missed a penalty kick.

Zob Ahan will travel to Riyadh for the second leg on Oct. 20, with the winner to play against either Saudi's Al Shabab or South Korea's Seongnam Ilhwa in the one-leg final on Nov. 13 in Tokyo. Al Shabab won its first leg 4-3 on Tuesday.

Zob Ahan was under pressure to win at home against Al Hilal, which hasn't won away all season. But Al Hilal hasn't lost at home for seven years in the Asian Champions League.