Cristiano Ronaldo's Brilliant Double Propels Al-Nassr Past Al-Duhail in AFC Champions League


Cristiano Ronaldo’s Brilliant Double Propels Al-Nassr Past Al-Duhail in AFC Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo turned back the clock with two magnificent goals, leading Al Nassr to an exciting 4-3 triumph over Qatar’s Al Duhail in the AFC Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo displayed his vintage brilliance, netting two remarkable goals to lead Al Nassr to an exhilarating 4-3 victory over Al Duhail in the AFC Champions League. Former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane and Anderson Talisca also contributed goals for the Saudi side. Talisca opened the scoring in the 25th minute, with Ronaldo’s clever back-heeled flick providing the assist. Mane added the second 11 minutes into the second half, and Ronaldo extended the lead with a magnificent curled effort from outside the box. Despite Al Duhail’s comeback with goals from Ismail Mohamad and Almoez Ali, Ronaldo sealed the win with a superb left-foot volley. Michael Olunga scored a late goal for Al Duhail, ensuring a tense finish. Facing Ronaldo, Al Duhail manager Christophe Galtier acknowledged the immense challenge posed by the legendary footballer.

Best in the world

He scored two beautiful goals. I’m at a loss for words to describe him. What he did today is extraordinary for a 38-year-old. He’s still the best player in the world.”

In another match, Riyadh-based Al Hilal, missing the injured superstar Neymar, convincingly defeated Mumbai City from India 6-0, with former Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.

In the East zone, Urawa Red Diamonds, the defending champions from Japan, suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to South Korea’s Pohang Steelers. Pohang Steelers scored on either side of halftime through Jeong Jae-hee and Goh Young-jun.

Urawa now faces a challenge to qualify for the knockout stages, having only secured four points from their three Group J matches, putting them on par with China’s Wuhan Three Towns, who claimed their first victory by defeating Hanoi FC 2-1.

“Today, Pohang was the superior team and deserved the victory, especially in terms of physicality,” said Urawa manager Maciej Skorza.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale extended their winning streak to three matches with a 4-2 victory against Thailand’s BG Pathum United, opening a three-point lead at the top of Group I ahead of South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai.


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