Al Jazira left battered by Sepahan in Iran

The Pro League leaders were humbled 5-1 in a one-way traffic in the Asian Champions League last night.

Al Jazira, the Pro League leaders, were humbled 5-1 by Sepahan in the Asian Champions League last night.

Ahmad Jashidian opened the scoring for the Iranian side in just the third minute and added a second in the 26th minute as Jazira went in at the break trailing 2-0.

And while Bare scored for the Abu Dhabi side nine minutes into the second half, Ibrahima Toure restored the home team's two-goal advantage two minutes later.

Fabio claimed their fourth goal in the 66th minute and Javad Kazwmian made it five just before the final whistle in the Group A game in Esfahan.



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Jamshidian was on target with a glancing header off a cross from Khosro Heidari and the midfielder doubled the lead with a shot from outside the area, which took a slight deflection off the Jazira defender Juma Abdulla's head before crashing into the back of the net.

Ali Kasheif, the Jazira goalkeeper, was kept busy throughout the first 45 minutes. He slipped and was left stranded for the first goal but had no chance of stopping the second.

Kasheif pulled off a few good saves, punching away a powerful shot from Fabio, the Brazilian midfielder, and pushing out a close-range shot from Jamshidian, who also missed a sitter, firing his shot straight at the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

Sepahan were also unlucky when a Fabio effort crashed against the crossbar, and Kasheif did well to block the rebound from Toure, the Senegalese striker. Both Fabio and Toure were off target with only the goalkeeper to beat before the break.

But they put that right with two goals after Bare had pulled one back early in the second half. The Brazilian headed in a cross from Saleh Obaid to get Jazira back into the game but Sepahan were quick to respond with two more goals to take the game away from the visitors.

Toure was set up inside the area by Fabio and just had to tap the ball past Kasheif for Sepahan's third.

Fabio drilled home his goal from the edge of the box when a poor clearance from Mohammed Marzooq, the Jazira defender, fell into his path. Kazemian, a late substitute, completed the rout in added time.

Jazira had just one shot at the Sepahan goal in the first half and a couple after the break, otherwise it was one-way traffic.

Mahdi Rahmati, the Sepahan goalkeeper, did well to block a stinging shot from Ricardo Oliveira, the Brazilian striker, in the first half and pushed out a dipping free kick from Subait Khater early in the second half before Bare managed the Abu Dhabi club's solitary effort.