Persepolis enjoys its best-ever run in AFC Champions League: AFC

( Persepolis is enjoying its best-ever run in the AFC Champions League after reaching the quarter-final for the first time and the evidence from the first leg shows the Iranian team is not going to let it end without a fight.

Two goals down with 20 minutes to play, Shojae Khalilzadeh and substitute Godwin Mensha netted to force a 2-2 draw and to set up a mouthwatering return fixture in Abu Dhabi, the-AFC wrote.

All eyes will be on striker Mehdi Taremi, who scored six times in Group D as Persepolis finished runner-up behind Al Hilal but ahead of Al Rayyan and Al Wahda, before it overcame Lekhwiya in the last 16.

The Iranian international forward has not found the back of the net since the group stage, but the arrival of Nigerian Mensha and the presence of Ali Alipour and Vahid Amiri goes some way towards easing the burden on the prolific marksman.