Ronaldo Al Nassr Advances : Champions League


Al Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, secured their spot in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League with a commanding 2-0 victory over Al Fayha. The Riyadh-based team completed a 3-0 aggregate win, showcasing their dominance in the Saudi Pro League showdown.

The match saw Portugal winger Otavio opening the scoring in the 17th minute, building on their previous 1-0 triumph. Ronaldo, the iconic forward, sealed the victory with a late goal, ensuring Al Nassr’s progression to the next round. Their opponent in the quarterfinals will be Al-Ain, who advanced after a dramatic win against Uzbekistan’s Nasaf, courtesy of Soufiane Rahimi’s injury-time heroics.

Al-Ain, after a goalless draw in the first leg, rallied from a one-goal deficit to secure a thrilling comeback against Nasaf. Kodjo Laba’s acrobatic strike leveled the tie after Akmal Mozgovoy’s opener for Nasaf. Rahimi then capitalized on a goalkeeping error to snatch a last-gasp winner, propelling Al-Ain to a showdown with Al Nassr in the quarterfinals.

Al Nassr’s journey to the next round was marked by Otavio’s opener, as he expertly headed Abdullah Al Khaibari’s delivery past Al Fayha’s goalkeeper. Ronaldo, aiming for a second goal, narrowly missed with a header before finally finding the net late in the game, sealing Al Nassr’s victory and their berth in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Yokohama F Marinos secured a dramatic 1-0 win over Bangkok United, courtesy of Anderson Lopes’ late penalty, setting up a quarterfinal clash with China’s Shandong Taishan. South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai also confirmed their progress with a 2-1 victory over Ventforet Kofu, earning them a quarterfinal showdown with Jeonbuk Motors.

The Asian Champions League action continues with Saudi champions Al-Ittihad facing Navbahor from Uzbekistan, while Al-Hilal takes on Iran’s Sepahan. Both matches promise high-stakes encounters as teams vie for a coveted spot in the quarterfinals.

In summary, Al Nassr’s commanding victory, led by Ronaldo, highlights their ambition in the Asian Champions League. With thrilling comebacks and dramatic wins unfolding across the tournament, the stage is set for intense quarterfinal matchups as teams aim to etch their names in Asian football history.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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