SPORTS: Ronaldo Fires Blank on Asian Champions League Debut but Al Nassr Pick Win Against Persepolis

Ronaldo Fires Blank on Asian Champions League Debut but Al Nassr Pick Win Against Persepolis

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe

September 19, 2023 at 8:09 PM

Al-Nassr launched their AFC campaign with an impressive victory against Iranian side Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday, September 19.

Second-half strikes from Abdulrahman Ghareeb and Mohammed Qassem Al Nakhil were more than enough to help the Knights of Najd secure a 2-0 win in Tehran.

Al-Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo, AFC Champions League, Persepolis, Iran, Azadi Stadium's Al-Nassr picked a 2-0 win against Persepolis in their AFC Champions League opener. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
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Before the match, all eyes were on , whose presence in the Iranian capital, along with his teammates, caused a city-wide frenzy as fans swarmed to catch a glimpse of their idol.

The overwhelming adoration for the Portuguese veteran and his teammates was so intense that Al-Nassr had to cancel their planned training session.

However, once the referee's whistle blew, Lusic Castro's squad focused on the game, dominating possession but struggling to break through Persepolis' defence.

The Riyadh-based team eventually found the net when combined with his compatriot Otavio. Unfortunately, the goal was rightly disallowed for offside.

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Nevertheless, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner played a crucial role in the game's opening goal, delivering a precise pass to Brozovic, who set up Ghareeb in the 62nd minute.

Ten minutes later, Ghareeb turned provider, feeding Qasem, who sealed Al-Nassr's lead with a powerful finish from inside the box.

His goal was the crowning moment as the Saudi side held on to secure all three points and, most importantly, claim the top spot in Group E.


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