Al Nassr's Castro, Persepolis' Golmohammadi satisfied with stalemate
Riyadh: Al Nassr head coach Luis Castro and his Persepolis FC counterpart Yahya Golmohammadi were content despite their teams settling for a goalless draw in their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group E tie on Monday.
The point was enough for Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr to confirm top spot and a place in the Round of 16 while Persepolis' hopes now depend on defeating Al Duhail SC next week to advance as one of the three best runners-up from the West Zone.
Olmaliq: Abderrazak Hamdallah wants Al Ittihad to push on after the Saudi Pro League side earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over AGMK FC in their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group C tie on Monday.
Morocco's Hamdallah scored both goals as reigning Saudi Pro League champions Al Ittihad shrugged off their recent indifferent form to maintain a firm grip on Group C, with a draw against Islamic Republic of Iran's Sepahan FC next week enough to take them through to the Round of 16.
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr confirmed their qualification for the last 16 of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 as Group E winners on Monday despite playing most of their 0-0 draw against Persepolis FC in Riyadh with 10 men.
The result means Luis Castro’s side cannot be overtaken at the summit by second placed Persepolis with one round of matches remaining after Al Nassr held on to take a point despite Ali Lajami’s sending off in the 17th minute.
Al Nassr move onto 13 points from five games with Persepolis five points behind and the result also means that Al Duhail have been eliminated after the Qatari side had knocked Istiklol out of the competition earlier in the day.
The Iranians can still take one of the three best runners-up spots available in the last 16 when they take on Al Duhail in the final group game on December 5.
Olmaliq: Al Ittihad made it four wins in five when they consigned AGMK FC to their fifth straight defeat with a 2-1 score at the OKMK Sports Complex in Group B of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Monday.
AGMK, knocked out already, will play their final game in the current edition next week against Air Force Club of Iraq, while Al Ittihad face IR Iran’s Sepahan on the same day.
Riyadh: Al Fayha meet Ahal FC in Group A of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Tuesday with both needing victory to keep their slim hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive.
Turkmenistan's Ahal FC are on four points with Al Fayha of Saudi Arabia one adrift with the only route open to the Round of 16 for both is by finishing as one of the three best runners-up from the West Zone.
Doha: The AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Qatar 2024 has all the ingredients to be a thriller following the official draw in Doha on Thursday.
Defending champions Saudi Arabia lead the cast, with former winners Korea Republic (2020), Uzbekistan (2018), Japan (2016) and Iraq (2013) also looking to become the first team to lift the coveted trophy for a second time.