TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Al-Hilal football team head coach Leonardo Jardim paid tribute to the determination of his players for winning an important match against Iran's Esteghlal in 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16.
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Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Salem Al Dawsari secured the 2019 champion a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth time in eight editions.
"We won an important match against a team who had won their group," said Jardim in the post-match press conference. "Despite the win, the match was not easy and we faced strong opponents."
"I told the players that our opponents would push hard in the early periods of the match. We, however, controlled the match afterwards and played with a balanced performance.
"The players showed great determination to win the match. Our aim is to win all our matches in the knockout stage and we must show great concentration," the Portuguese added.