(IranSportsPress.com – FourFourTwo)- Omar Kharbin followed up his first-leg hat-trick with two more goals to set up a final against either Urawa Red Diamonds or Shanghai SIPG.
The Nigerian forward broke the deadlock with a well-directed header in the 16th minute, nodding home Vahid Amiri’s cross from the right wing to give Persepolis a glimmer of hope.
However, after Salman Al Faraj was fouled inside the area, Kharbin drew Al Hilal level from the spot. The Syria international’s cheeky Panenka penalty made it 1-1 after 30 minutes and restored his side’s four-goal aggregate cushion.
While Mensha struck again after the break, angling a low, left-footed strike beyond goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf, the low-key celebrations showed Persepolis realised their impressive run in the tournament was coming to an end.
Kharbin even denied the home side victory on the day with a second equaliser in the 76th minute, swivelling inside the box to make it 2-2 with a left-footed drive.
Al-Hilal will now face either Urawa Red Diamonds or Shanghai SIPG in the final. Their tie is level at 1-1 after the first leg, with the return fixture taking place in Saitama on Wednesday.