Two games---both in the West Region---were contested on Monday as the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League commenced, opening with the Round of 16.
At Tehran, Iran:
Kaveh Rezaei scored the only goal of the match in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, thanks to his successfully-converted penalty kick as Esteghlal took the opening match if their series with Al-Ain 1-0 at home.
At Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:
Abdulfattah Tawfiq Asiri's equalizer in the 38th minute enabled Al-Ahli Saudi FC to salvage a series-opening 1-1 home deadlock with Al-Ahli FC from the Emirates. Khamis Esmaeel scored for the guests in the 21st minute.