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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 26th goal of the season as Al-Nassr advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Al-Fayha in an all-Saudi clash.
The Portuguese scored the only goal in the first leg and then found the net in Riyadh on Wednesday night with four minutes left in the second leg.
Ronaldo took advantage of a goalkeeper error to seal the victory, slotting the ball into an empty goal after Vladimir Stojkovic failed to clear a long ball for Marcelo Brozovic and allowing the 39-year-old to finish easily.
Stojkovic was also at fault for Al-Nassr’s first goal, as Otavio headed Abdullah Al Khaibari’s cross between his legs to put the hosts ahead in the 17th minute of the match.
Ronaldo almost added the second when his header in the 37th minute brushed the post, before sealing his team’s victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 26th goal of the season in Al-Nassr’s 2-0 victory over Al-Fayha.
The Portuguese’s goal sealed the 3-0 aggregate victory in the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League against Al Fayha
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The goal was Ronaldo’s fourth in five AFC Champions League games this season and his 26th in 27 appearances in all competitions this season.
Al-Nassr are still aiming for their first continental title and will face Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates in the quarter-finals next month after Hernán Crespo’s team beat Uzbek side Nasaf thanks to Soufiane Rahimi’s goal in the added time.
After a goalless first leg, Al-Ain, winners of the AFC Champions League in 2003, came back from a goal down thanks to a point-blank shot by Akmal Mozgovoy in the 51st minute and equalized thanks to an acrobatic effort from Kodjo Laba four minutes later.
The match seemed headed for extra time when Rahimi took advantage of a poor clearance attempt by Nasaf goalkeeper Abduvohid Nematov to score the winning goal for the hosts two minutes into added time.
Al-Nassr are second in the Saudi Pro League, seven points behind Al-Hilal, and have never won a continental trophy.
Earlier in the day, a 122nd-minute penalty from Anderson Lopes gave Yokohama F Marinos a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Bangkok United to seal a 3-2 victory that sets up the quarterfinal match. final with Shandong Taishan of China for Harry Kewell’s team. .
South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai also confirmed their passage to the next round with a 2-1 victory over Japanese second division side Ventforet Kofu to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Octavio opened the scoring and Al-Nassr kept his continental silver medal hopes alive.
Ulsan increased its lead from the first leg to 3-0 in the 12th minute when Kim Ji-hyun scored with an instinctive shot from close range after Um Wong-san’s shot deflected off the post.
Kazushi Mitsuhiro headed in a corner in the 88th minute to level the score that night, but Joo Min-kyu scored four minutes into stoppage time to confirm Ulsan’s quarter-final meeting with Jeonbuk Motors, who eliminated Pohang Steelers on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Saudi champions Al-Ittihad will face Navbahor of Uzbekistan in Jeddah after a goalless draw in their first clash and Al-Hilal will take a 3-1 lead in their return match against Sepahan of Iran in Riyadh .