After trailing 1-2 until the 88th minute, Al-Nassr won 4-2 against United Arab Emirates club Shabab Al Ahly in the Asian Champions League qualifying final on Tuesday. A victory that allows Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates to qualify for the group stage.
Al-Nassr won 4-2 after trailing 1-2 in the 88th minute against United Arab Emirates club Shabab Al Ahly in Riyadh on Tuesday evening. A success that allows Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates to qualify for the group stage of the Asian Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo very angry with refereeing
However, Al-Nassr had taken the lead after only 11 minutes, with Andersen Talisca scoring from an accurate corner by Marcelo Brozovic. But the visitors equalized seven minutes later, before Emirati midfielder Yahya Al Ghassani scored twice after returning from the locker room.
Right at the break, Cristiano Ronaldo launched a fierce attack on the referee. The Portuguese claimed at least four penalties in the first half, but did not concede a single penalty, leaving him fuming. Before leaving the pitch at half-time, he rudely addressed the referee, then threw away his captain’s armband before pushing a Shabab Al Ahli employee who was asking him to take a selfie.
Before the restart, the referee tried to ease tensions with Cristiano Ronaldo, who in turn told him to “wake up”. He and his teammates scored an equalizing try after only 45 seconds into the second half, trailing 1–2. The entry of Ayman Yahya, who replaced Ghislain Konnan, in the 88th would change the situation as he sent a cross which allowed Sultan Al Ghanem to equalize at 2-2.
On the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo raises his hands towards the stands and asks his supporters to push the team. Seven minutes later, Andersson Talisca scored with a header from a new cross from Ayman Yahya and gave Al-Nassr (3-2, 90th+5). Cristiano Ronaldo left his mark on the match by serving Marcelo Brozovic from far behind after being locked alone on counter (4-2, 90th + 7).
A great win and qualification for Cristiano Ronaldo, who now continues to write Champions League history in Asia. Al-Nassr has advanced to the group stage of the AFC competition and will therefore remain in Pot 4. The draw will take place this Thursday at 4 pm.