Iran star Sardar Azmoun scores opening goal of 2019/20 UEFA Champions league

TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) – The honor of scoring the first goal of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season went to Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg and their Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun.

Azmoun handed his team the lead at Lyon in the 41st minute of their Group G clash, playing a lovely one-two with strike partner Artem Dzyuba on the edge of the box before slotting past Anthony Lopes with the outside of his boot, RT reported.

The goal from the 24-year-old Iranian international meant Russian champions Zenit headed in 1-0 to the good at half-time at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

The second half started badly for Zenit and Azmoun, however, as he was forced off injured shortly after the break.

His replacement Magomed Ozdoev then fouled Lyon winger Memphis Depay to concede a penalty just three minutes after coming on, with the Dutchman converting the spot-kick to level the scores.

But Zenit weathered some late Lyon pressure to earn a creditable draw, in what was their first game back in Europe’s premier club competition after a three-year break.

Their next Champions League meeting is with Portuguese side Benfica at home before traveling to Germany to play RB Leipzig.  

Azmoun said after the game that he feels ‘honored’ to raise Iran’s flag in Europe, noting that with the goal scored in the game, his responsibility will become ‘heavier’. The Iran international forward hoped that he could shine in Europe like previous years and score more goals in the coming weeks.

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