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Xavi Hernandez’s last match ends in a defeat

AFP
Published May 22, 2019, 1:32 am IST
Updated May 22, 2019, 1:32 am IST
Xavi was also honoured by the Persepolis management.
Al Sadd’s Xavi shoots during the AFC Champions League match against Iran’s Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Tuesday. Persepolis won 2-0.(Photo: AFP)
 Al Sadd’s Xavi shoots during the AFC Champions League match against Iran’s Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Tuesday. Persepolis won 2-0.(Photo: AFP)

Doha: Xavi Hernandez’s dazzling career came to an anti-climactic end when his side Al Sadd were beaten 2-0 by Iranian giants Persepolis in their last group match of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old midfield genius had helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010 besides helping Barcelona win two UEFA Champions League titles and eight La Liga titles.

 

He was cheered by poster-carrying fans at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran where already-eliminated Perse-polis put on an improved display to register only their second win in six matches. Xavi was also honoured by the Persepolis management, but Al Sadd’s second defeat in a row, following their 4-1 thrashing by domestic rivals Al Duhail in last week’s Amir Cup final in Doha, must have left him with mixed feelings.

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