One of Tehran's leading football clubs, Esteghlal suffered a heavy defeat, losing 3-0 to the Qatari side, al-Duhail.

Iran Press/Iran news:  Esteghlal, in their usual blue colours, played well in the first half, and managed a 0-0 draw at half time.  

However, in the second half, Qatar's al-Duhail piled on the pressure and scored three times for an emphatic win, giving Esteghlal a bitter start to the AFC Champions League 2019.

The Blues have an uphill task ahead of them, being in the same group as Saudi Arabia's al-Hilal, UAE's al-Ein, and Qatar's al-Duhail.

Just like last year, Esteghlal have their work cut out in the AFC Champions League 2019, finding themselves in one of the toughest groups of the championship. 103