Cristiano Ronaldo Propels Al Nassr to AFC Champions League Quarter Finals in Win Over Al Fayha

Cristiano Ronaldo Propels Al Nassr to AFC Champions League Quarter Finals in Win Over Al Fayha

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 22, 2024 at 7:31 AM
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  • Al-Nassr has reached the quarter-finals of the AFC CL
  • The Knights of Najd beat Al Fayha 3-0 over two legs
  • They will face UAE giants, Al Ain, in the last eight

Cristiano Ronaldo propelled Al-Nassr into the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, marking the club's first advancement to this stage since the 2021 edition, thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory over Al-Fayha.

In the second leg at Al-Awwal Park, the Portuguese superstar and his compatriot, Otavio, found the back of the net on either side of half-time, securing a decisive victory for the Riyadh-based giants in the Asian equivalent of the UEFA Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Otavio scored to fire Al-Nassr to the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN.
Source: Twitter

Ronaldo, Otavio fire Al-Nassr to last-8

From the outset, Al-Nassr asserted their dominance, with Luis Castro's attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Otavio, and Ronaldo posing constant threats to the Al-Fayha defence.

Otavio opened the scoring in the 17th minute, capitalising on a precise cross from Saudi midfielder, Abdullah Al-Khaibari.

Despite relentless pressure from Al-Nassr, Al-Fayha's defence held firm, proving frustrating in their opponents' attempts to extend their lead.

Ronaldo came close to doubling the advantage with a header that struck the post in the 37th minute, earning a caution for a late challenge shortly after.

After half-time, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner appeared to have extended Al-Nassr's lead, only to see his goal disallowed for offside.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo redeemed himself late in the game, sealing the victory with a well-taken goal in the 86th minute, according to GOAL.

What's next for Ronaldo's Al-Nassr?

Ronaldo's goal ensured Al-Nassr's progression to the quarter-finals, where they will face Emirati club, Al Ain, in the next stage of the AFC Champions League, as cited by Sportstar.

Ronaldo salutes Al-Nassr fans

Sports Brief also reported that Ronaldo extended appreciation to Al-Nassr fans after progressing to the quarter-finals of the 2023/24 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old, who clinched the title of top goal scorer worldwide in 2023, has maintained his sensational form since the resumption of competitive football in 2024.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus superstar shared both his joy and gratitude for Al-Nassr's latest achievement.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.