Abu Zema hails Al Wehdat fighting spirit, Al Nassr's Menezes accepts shock AFC Champions League defeat
Riyadh: Al Wehdat's fighting spirit was the key behind the Jordanian side’s stunning 2-1 win over Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Monday, said head coach Abdullah Abu Zema.
Al Wehdat, already eliminated going into the Group D tie at the King Saud University Stadium, scored through Ahmad Zreik (44th) and Abdou N’Diaye (72nd) with Abderrazak Hamdallah’s penalty in added time a mere consolation for 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finalists Al Nassr.
Not only did the result dent Al Nassr’s Round of 16 hopes but it also meant that Al Wehdat marked their debut campaign in the AFC Champions League with a win.
Group D: Al Wehdat stun Al Nassr in AFC Champions League classic
Riyadh: Al Wehdat became the first Jordanian club to secure an AFC Champions League victory, and put Al Nassr’s knockout stage hopes in serious jeopardy with 2-1 win at King Saud University Stadium on Monday.
Ahmad Zreik put Al Wehdat in front just before half-time, before substitute Abdou N’Diaye all but sealed the win with 20 minutes remaining, before Al Nassr’s Aberrazak Hamdallah scored a consolatory penalty with the last kick of the game.
While Al Wehdat’s knockout stage hopes had been dashed even prior to Monday’s clash, the result comes as a significant blow for an out of sorts Al Nassr, who slipped to second in Group D, two points adrift of Al Sadd, who they will meet in a winner-takes-all battle to top the group on Thursday.
Group D: Al Sadd beat Foolad Khouzestan to edge closer to AFC Champions League last 16 berth
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC placed themselves in pole position in Group D of the 2021 AFC Champions League with a 1-0 win over Foolad Khouzestan FC on Monday.
The result, coupled with Jordan's Al Wehdat's stunning win over Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in the other Group D match, means the Qataris lead the standings with 10 points going into the final matchday against Al Nassr, who are second on eight points.
Foolad's hunt for top spot, however, came to an end although the Islamic Republic of Iran side can still advance if they finish among the three best second-placed teams.
Preview - Group A: Shabab Al Ahli, Istiklol out to keep AFC Champions League dreams alive
Riyadh: FC Istiklol will be hoping to continue their fairytale AFC Champions League campaign when they take on Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in Group A on Tuesday.
Istiklol threw the group wide open after beating 2019 champions Al Hilal SFC 4-1 on Matchday Four, with the Tajik club taking top spot from the Saudi Pro League champions on goal difference with both teams on seven points.
Shabab Al Ahli are also still in the running after playing their best football of their 2021 campaign to beat AGMK FC 3-1 on Matchday Four, placing them third in the standings on four points.
Preview - Group A: AFC Champions League hopes at stake in AGMK, Al Hilal showdown
Riyadh: AGMK FC and Al Hilal SFC desperately need the three points when they two meet in Group A of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Al Hilal lost their spot at the top of the group after suffering an amazing 4-1 defeat to FC Istiklol on Matchday Four, with the Tajikistan taking pole position on a better head-to-head record with the Saudi Pro League side with both on seven points.
AGMK may be bottom of the group with four points but are still very much in the running going into the final two Matchdays.
Preview - Group C: Al Duhail ready for Al Shorta in AFC Champions League face-off
Riyadh: Al Duhail SC will aim to tighten their grip on the Group C lead when they play Al Shorta in the 2021 AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
With challengers Esteghlal FC and Al Ahli Saudi FC facing off in Group C's other tie with both needing victory, a win for Qatar's Al Duhail against Al Shorta will take them to 11 points and closer to the automatic slot to the Round of 16.
Esteghlal and Al Ahli Saudi are tied on seven points while Al Shorta are still in search of their first after four defeats.