Winning mentality key to Al Nassr reaching AFC Champions League semi-final, says Vitoria
Doha: Head coach Rui Vitoria credited his players’ winning mentality for Al Nassr’s 2-0 victory over domestic rivals Al Ahli Saudi FC in the quarter-finals of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Al Nassr needed just 13 minutes to open the scoring at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium as Argentine midfielder Gonzalo 'Pity' Martinez bagged his first goal in the club colours since joining from MLS Side Atlanta United in August, and winger Abdulfattah Asiri sealed the win with a 55th minute strike against his former team.
Al Nassr were perfect in AFC Champions League quarter-final win over Al Ahli, says Martinez
Doha: Pity Martinez believes Al Nassr produced a perfect performance in their 2-0 win against Al Ahli Saudi FC in the quarter-finals of the 2020 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
The Argentinian forward gave Al Nassr the lead after only 13 minutes before Abdulfattah Asiri added the second goal 10 minutes into the second half at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium to steer the Saudi Pro League side into the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League for the first time in their history.
Analysis: Al Nassr make AFC Champions League history as they ease past Al Ahli
Doha: For the first time since the AFC Champions League revamp in 2002-03, Riyadh giants Al Nassr are into the final four of the Continental competition after they defeated countrymen Al Ahli Saudi FC 2-0 on Wednesday.
Goals from Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez and Abdulfattah Asiri ensured Al Nassr a first-ever place in the AFC Champions League semi-finals and they did it in some style with opponents Al Ahli never looking likely to impede their progress to a meeting with IR Iran's Persepolis FC to determine West Asia's representative in the competition's climax.
Al Nassr through to first AFC Champions League semi-final with win over Al Ahli Saudi
Doha: Al Nassr reached the AFC Champions League semi-final for the first time in their history after a convincing 2-0 win over compatriots Al Ahli Saudi FC at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Wednesday.
Both teams went into the quarter-final game with their strikers looking to extend personal scoring runs; Al Ahli’s Omar Al Soma had scored 10 goals in his 10 league starts against Al Nassr, while Abderazzak Hamdallah was level with Shanghai SIPG’s Hulk in scoring in nine consecutive AFC Champions League matches, and was hoping to make the record his.
Resan credits defence for taking Persepolis through to AFC Champions League semi-finals
Doha: Bashar Resan hailed Persepolis' defensive resilience after the Islamic Republic of Iran side advanced to a third AFC Champions League semi-final in four years with a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor on Wednesday.
Isa Al Kasir's second half braced at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium secured the win but Iraqi midfielder Resan said it was the good work at the back which powered Persepolis to victory.