Al-Sadd head coach Jesualdo Ferreira expressed his relief after his side grabbed a dramatic 1-0 win over Persepolis on Matchday 2 of the AFC Champions League.

Speaking after the game, Ferreira said: “It was a fast and intense game from both sides. As always, our games against Iranian sides are like this. We were the better side throughout both sides, especially as we created several chances.”

He added: “This is a deserved win. We were the better side and I want to congratulate the players, for their fighting spirit and their struggle until we got the win.”

“Group D is now open and all the teams have equal chances. I am happy with the three points today which will give us a huge boost in the upcoming games. Our goal is to qualify for the next stage.”

The coach also said that the players believed in themselves until they achieved what they wanted – the three points.

Finally, Ferreira concluded by saying: “My message to the Al-Sadd fans is to continue supporting us in the league and in the Champions League. I await them against Al-Sailiya on Saturday because it is one of the most important matches for us this season to get closer to the league title.”