‘Superstar’ Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr) failed to score an attack point in his debut game in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, but played close to full time and contributed to the team’s victory.
Al Nasr (Saudi Arabia) took the lead in the first match of Group E of the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League (ACL) against Persepolis (Iran) held at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, Iran on the 20th (Korean time) with a numerical superiority and won 2- Won with 0.
Al Nasr, who won 3 points, took first place in Group E, beating FC Istiklol (Tajikistan), Al Duhail (Qatar, 1 point), and Persepolis (0 points), which drew 0-0 that day.
The game on this day attracted the attention of fans due to various issues.
First of all, it has been 7 years since a Saudi professional soccer team played a game in Iran.
The two countries, which had been hostile since the severance of diplomatic ties in January 2016, are making rapid progress with the restoration of diplomatic ties in March of this year, and the atmosphere appears to have eased further with this ACL match.
In addition, in January of this year, ‘football star’ Cristiano Ronaldo, wearing the Al Nassr uniform, played in Iran for the first time and received great cheers from Iranian football fans.
Ronaldo started as Al-Nasr’s frontline striker and performed well with one effective shot and one key pass, but was unable to score an attack point.
Ronaldo was substituted in extra time in the second half, 스포츠토토 and did not receive very good reviews, receiving a rating of 6.4.
Al Nasr, which finished the first half tied 0-0, gained a numerical advantage in the 7th minute of the second half when Persepolis’ Milad Sarlak was sent off for accumulating warnings.
Al-Nasr took the lead with an own goal in the 17th minute of the second half, and in the 27th minute of the second half, Mohamed Qasem Al Nakli scored an additional goal with a left-footed shot from the left side of the goal area, sinking Persepolis.