Cristiano Ronaldo's Brace Powers Al-Nassr to Asian Champions League Victory
Al-Nassr now tops Group E with nine points after three games, holding a three-point lead over Persepolis.
In a thrilling Asian Champions League match, Al-Nassr, the Saudi Arabian football club, secured a 4-3 victory over Al-Duhail of Qatar, with Cristiano Ronaldo delivering a standout performance, netting two crucial goals in the second half.
Al-Nassr now tops Group E with nine points after three games, holding a three-point lead over Persepolis. The match saw a series of impressive plays, with Anderson Talisca opening the scoring, thanks to Ronaldo's creative backheel assist, followed by a goal from Sadio Mane just before halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo extended the lead with a sensational left-footed curler from outside the penalty area, making it 3-0 before the hour mark. However, Al-Duhail mounted a spirited comeback, with Ismaeel Mohammed and Almoez Ali contributing two goals to reduce the deficit.
With just nine minutes remaining, Cristiano Ronaldo once again took center stage, volleying a long cross into the back of the net. Al-Nassr managed to maintain their lead, despite Michael Olunga's late goal for Al-Duhail, securing a 4-3 win.
In another notable match, Al-Hilal dominated Mumbai City with a resounding 6-0 victory. With a hat-trick and a total of seven points after three games, Al-Hilal currently leads Group D, a group of four-time champions. Aleksandar Mitrovic was the star for Al-Hilal, scoring all three goals.
In the absence of Karim Benzema due to injury, Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia narrowly defeated Al Quwa Al Jawiya of Iraq 1-0, thanks to a last-second goal from Abderrazak Hamdallah. Al-Ittihad now holds a two-point lead over Iranian club Sepahan in Group C, following Sepahan's 3-1 victory over AGMK in Uzbekistan.
In the eastern zone of the tournament, which is divided into two geographical sections until the final, two powerhouse teams with three championships each faced off in Japan. South Korean Pohang Steelers emerged victorious, beating the Urawa Reds 2-0, with Jeong Jae-hee and Goh Young-jun both finding the back of the net in the first half.
Pohang now leads Group J with a perfect record of three wins in three matches, enjoying a five-point lead over Urawa and Wuhan Three Towns after the Chinese champion defeated Vietnam's Hanoi FC 2-1.
Meanwhile, South Korean Ulsan Hyundai Horangi, a two-time winner, secured a 3-1 victory over Malaysia's Johor Darul Tazim, although they remain in second place in Group I. The top spot in the group is held by Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, who defeated Thailand's BG Pathum United 4-2 in their recent clash.