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AFC Champions League elimination for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr after penalties in a thrilling 7-goal match against Al Ain

<p>In a thrilling match on Monday, Al-Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, fell 3-1 on penalties against Al-Ain, sending the Saudi Pro League team out of the Asian Champions League in the quarterfinals.</p>
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<p>Al-Nassr overcame a 1-0 first leg deficit to win 4-3 on Monday; nevertheless, the game finished 4-4 overall, forcing a shootout, which Al-Ain won.</p>
<p>Al-Hilal or Al-Ittihad, both from Saudi Arabia, will be Al-Nassr’s opponents in the semi-finals next month after Al-Nassr’s international acquisitions Miroslav Brozovic, Alex Telles, and Otavio were unable to score from the spot.</p>
<p>After a lackluster performance, Al-Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa made amends by saving Brozovic’s initial penalty. Al-Nassr were eliminated as a result of Otavio’s error, Soufiane Rahimi, Kaku, and Sultan Al Shamsi all converted.</p>
<p>Seven goals, one red card, and an exciting match at Al-Awwal Park culminated in a shootout, with Al-Ain building on their first-leg advantage in the first forty-five minutes.</p>
<p>Rahimi, who also scored the winning goal in the first leg for Al-Ain, gave the visitors the lead with goals in the 28th and 45th minutes, but Al-Nassr’s hopes were preserved by Abdulrahman Ghareeb’s goal five minutes into injury time.</p>
<p>Six minutes into the second half, Khaled Eisa parried Otavio’s low drive into his own goal. Eighteen minutes later, Alex Telles tied the score with a low free kick that beat Eisa through a huddle of men.</p>
<p>Eight minutes into extra time, Al-Nassr’s Ayman Yahya was sent off for a nasty two-footed lunge on Bandar Al-Ahbabi. A minute later, Al-Shamsi seemed to have won the match when he poked home after Raghid Najjar mishandled the ball.</p>
<p>But with two minutes left, Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot after Saeed Jumaa had brought down the Portuguese striker in the area, forcing a shootout.</p>
<p>Al-Ain reached the round of four for the first time since 2016 thanks to the efforts of Ronaldo, the only one of Al-Nassr’s four penalty takers to convert.</p>
<p>After splitting a 1-1 draw the previous week, South Korean teams Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Motors will play each other on Tuesday in the eastern half of the draw.</p>
<p>Harry Kewell’s Yokohama F Marinos team will take on Shandong Taishan of the Chinese Super League on Wednesday, hoping to hold onto a 2-1 advantage at home.</p>

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