Gallardo praises Ittihad’s character in comeback win
Riyadh: Al Ittihad FC were given a stern test by Navbahor AFC in their Champions League™ 2023/24 Round of 16 second leg match before eventually securing a 2-1 win, leaving head coach Marcelo Gallardo proud of his charges.
Trailing to an early own goal from Karim Benzema, Gallardo’s men fought back to draw level through Abderrazak Hamdallah late in the first half before Navbahor’s Toma Tabatadze put one into his own net to give Ittihad the win.
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC booked their place in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Sepahan FC at Kingdom Arena in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie on Thursday.
Just like they did in the first leg in Isfahan, Al Hilal came from a goal down to overcome Sepahan who once more found themselves finishing the game with 10 men, the Saudis advancing with a 6-2 aggregate score to a quarter-final meeting with domestic rivals Al Ittihad.
Jeddah: Two-time champions Al Ittihad came from a goal down to defeat Uzbekistan’s Navbahor 2-1 and advance to the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 quarter-finals at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday.
The two teams had played out a goalless draw in Namangan a week ago, and it was an unlikely combination of two own goals from strikers Karim Benzema and Toma Tabatadze separated by an Abderrazak Hamdallah strike which decided the return leg.
Riyadh: Otavio wants more after Al Nassr sealed progress to the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The Portuguese midfielder opened the scoring in the 17th minute with compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo adding the second as Al Nassr defeated Al Fayha 2-0 in their Round of 16 second leg tie, advancing to a last eight meeting with UAE's Al Ain 3-0 on aggregate.