Japanese referee to officiate Esteghlal vs. Al Hilal in 2nd leg of AFC group stage

TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) – Japanese referee Ryuji Sato has been chosen to officiate the match between Iran’s Esteghlal and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the second leg of the AFC Champions League group stage, which will be held Doha on Tuesday (April 23).

Hiroshi Yamauchi and Jun Mihara from Japan will be Sato's assistant referees in the upcoming match.

Esteghlal earned a 2-1 victory over Al Hilal on the first leg (April 8) to keep its hopes alive in the AFC Champions League campaign.

The Iranian football club now stands third in Group C with four points, two points behind the leader Al Hilal and head-to-head with Al Duhail.

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