TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Two Iranian defenders Siamak Nemati and Saeid Aghaei have been chosen in the Best XI from the West Asia stage.
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Nemati was chosen the best right-back with 79 percent of the votes.
Injuries to others forced Persepolis coach Yahya Golmohammadi to move midfielder Nemati to right-back ahead of the tournament's resumption in Qatar and, such were his performances, he made the position his own. The Tehran native was part of a backline so tight it didn't concede from open play in seven games in Doha while he was also a constant threat going forward.
Aghaei was picked as the best left-back with 85 percent of votes.
It's no surprise that every member of Persepolis' regular back four made the cut with Aghaei, who joined from Sepahan prior to the resumption, slotting in seamlessly. The only game Persepolis lost in Doha was the only one in which he didn't play, while he was a superb addition going forward, delivering more crosses from open play than any other defender and assisting his side's second goal in the quarter-final win over Pakhtakor.