MAKKAH — Al Ittihad emerged victorious against Sepahan FC in a gripping AFC Champions League 2023/24 match at King Abdulaziz Stadium, securing their position at the top of Group C with a 2-1 scoreline. The win earned Al Ittihad 15 points in the group stage, while Sepahan finished in second place, trailing by five points.
The home team took an early lead in the 15th minute when Saleh Al Amri scored a sensational free-kick from the right side of the box. Despite Sepahan's attempts, especially from Milad Zakipour, Al Ittihad comfortably dealt with their threats in the first half.
In the second half, Sepahan leveled the score as Ramin Rezaeian headed home a long ball from Mohammed Daneshgar. However, Al Ittihad regained the lead with 20 minutes left, with Al Amri setting up Jota to score his first AFC Champions League goal.
Sepahan's attempts to equalize, including a free-kick from Rezaeian, were thwarted by Al Ittihad goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf, securing the victory for the home team.
Al Ittihad's triumph in this thrilling match solidifies their position at the top of Group C and sets the stage for their continued journey in the AFC Champions League.