In the absence of 2020 top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah for suspension, it was summer signing Vincent Aboubakar who took the Riyadh-based side to the next round with the only goal of the match, a cute dink over the Iranian goalkeeper inside the opening quarter of an hour.
“We won, but it could have been easier if we did not miss some chances in the first half,” said Menezes.
“Our tempo was a little lower because we just came out of an international break but the most important thing is that we managed to win and progress to the next round of the competition
“We were okay in the second half, Tractor managed just one shot on target and that was down to how good we were. We are ready to face anyone, and we are afraid of no one,” the Brazilian added.