Preview - QF 2nd Leg: Al Sadd SC (1) v (2) Al Nassr
Doha: Saudi Arabian champions Al Nassr are eyeing a first-ever semi-final appearance as they travel to Qatar to face Al Sadd in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Monday.
Having already reached a new milestone by qualifying for their first-ever quarter-final, Al Nassr will have to hold on to their 2-1 home win from the first leg if they are to eliminate the 2011 AFC Champions League winners.
A fortnight ago in Riyadh, Rui Vitoria’s men had overturned an Ali Asad goal for the Qataris to walk away with a valuable victory thanks to goals from Abdulrahman Al Dossari and Giuliano either side of the half-time break.
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC and Al Nassr will have reinforcements available when they face off in the second leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final on Monday.
Al Nassr will go into the tie at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha protecting a 2-1 lead in what promises to be an epic encounter between the league champions of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Both had good news to celebrate during the international break with midfielder Nam Tae-hee having resumed training for Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd while Moroccan forward Abderrazak Hamdallah saw game time for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League clash against Al Shabab on Friday.
Riyadh: Al Sadd SC head coach Xavi Hernandez remains hopeful of continuing their 2019 AFC Champions League campaign, despite a 2-1 defeat to Al Nassr in the first leg of the quarter-final.
Ali Asad had given the Qataris a 21st minute lead but it was countered by Abdulrahman Al Dossari’s close range strike a minute from the break, before Giuliano sealed the win for Al Nassr with a fine header in the 72nd minute on Tuesday.
Quarter-final - 1st Leg: Al Nassr (KSA) 2-1 Al Sadd SC (QAT)
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr came from behind to seal a valuable 2-1 win over Qatar’s Al Sadd in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final at King Fahd International Stadium on Monday.
Making their first-ever quarter-final appearance, Al Nassr were hopeful of securing their first win over Qatari opponents in the competition, but had their work cut out for them by a late injury to star striker Abdelrazzaq Hamdallah.
In turn, Al Sadd needed a positive result from Riyadh to set them up for an easier task at home as they chase a second consecutive semi-final.
Villanueva: Al Ittihad cannot make mistakes against Al Hilal
Jeddah: Midfielder Carlos Villanueva has cautioned Al Ittihad they can't afford to errors against Al Hilal SFC when the two Saudi Arabia clubs face off in the second leg of their 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
The last eight tie is finely poised after the first leg of the 'Saudi Clasico' ended 0-0 three weeks ago and Chilean Villanueva, speaking after Al Ittihad fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Damac in the Saudi Pro League on Friday, said the Jeddah-based club can't afford a similar performance against Al Hilal.
Kuala Lumpur: The identity of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finalists will be revealed this week, with the decisive second legs of the quarter-finals taking place across Asia from Monday to Wednesday.
All four quarter-finals are finely poised with only Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr ahead on aggregate - albeit by just one goal - after the first meetings last month.
As such, Qatar's Al Sadd, Saudi pair Al Hilal and Al Ittihad, Urawa Red Diamonds and Kashima Antlers of Japan along with Chinese Super League duo Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande all remain in the running for a place in the final four.
Kuala Lumpur: Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG will travel to Japan next week for their respective 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-final second legs against Kashima Antlers and Urawa Red Diamonds respectively.
Today (September 12) marks two years to the day since the Chinese giants clashed in one of the most dramatic second-leg encounters in the competition’s history on a truly memorable night at theTianhe Stadium. The-AFC.com looks back at how events unfolded.