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ACL: Sharjah confirm knockout berth after defeating Al-Jawiya; Al Wahda sink Persepolis

Both teams churned out hard-fought victories against their respective oppositions...

Sharjah FC progressed to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League 2021 after defeating Iraq's Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3-2 on Monday at the Sharjah Stadium. It was a historic night for the UAE Pro League club as they ensured their qualification to the knockout stages of the marquee club competition of the continent after a hiatus of 17 years.

However, the start wasn't according to plan. In the 15th minute, the Iraqis drew first blood when Jefferson Collazos struck home on the rebound after goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani had made an initial save.