July 22, 2024
All 4 Saudi Arabian groups advance in Asian Champions League
All 4 Saudi Arabian groups advance in Asian Champions League

With out Cristiano Ronaldo, Al-Nassr was held to a 1-1 draw at Istiklol of Tajikistan on Tuesday however nonetheless topped its group within the Asian Champions League as all 4 Saudi Arabian groups superior to the spherical of 16.

Huge-spending Al-Nassr, which has by no means gained the continental competitors, had already secured a spot within the knockout stage. Ronaldo was rested as coach Luis Castro fielded a beginning lineup comprised of home gamers.

Alisher Dzhalilov gave Istiklol the lead in Dushanbe after 32 minutes. Abdulrahman Ghareeb scored after the break to earn the Saudi Arabians some extent.

On Monday, Al-Nassr’s Riyadh rival Al-Hilal superior as one of many 10 group winners — the six groups in second with essentially the most factors additionally progress — after a 2-1 win over Iran’s Nassaji Mazandaran. The four-time champions earned 16 factors from six video games regardless of the absence of injured star Neymar.

Al-Ittihad was additionally with out striker Karim Benzema and midfielder N’Golo Kante however nonetheless completed first in its group, defeating Sepahan of Iran 2-1 in Jeddah.

Newly appointed Al-Ittihad coach Marcelo Gallardo is wanting ahead to welcoming his stars again to motion.

“Kante is a good and influential participant however, sadly, I’ve not but been capable of work with him in coaching and we hope that he’ll take part within the coming days,” the Argentine coach stated. “Benzema can also be a terrific and influential participant and I hope to have him again as properly.”

Al-Fahya ensured an ideal 4 from 4 for Saudi Arabia, ending second in its group after defeating Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan 4-1.

Additionally advancing was Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates, Nasaf and Navbahor of Uzbekistan in addition to Iran’s Sepahan.

The match is split into two geographic zones till the ultimate. The jap zone will full its group stage subsequent week.

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