Riyadh: Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a punch in the face to score twice for Riyadh All Stars XI against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday in a lively reunion with his great rival Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo, 37, was decked by PSG 'keeper Keylor Navas's flailing fist but he drilled the resulting penalty and then added another in a 5-4 defeat, his first appearance since moving to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr.
For PSG, Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored and Neymar missed a penalty before they withdrew on the hour-mark alongside Ronaldo, who was representing a composite Saudi side.
Basra: Iraq won the 25th Gulf Cup title on home soil after defeating Oman 3-2 after extra time in a thrilling final at the Basra International Stadium on Thursday.
The Lions of Mesopotamia made it four titles in the regional competition, their first since 1988 to move clear of Qatar and Saudi Arabia as the second most successful side in the competition’s history behind Kuwait.
One Month to #ACL2022 (West) Round of 16 - How Are They Shaping Up
Dubai: The long wait is nearly over with exactly one month left until the start of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 (West) where eight teams will battle out for the right to play Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the final.
Despite playing in the second tier domestically, Al Faisaly join fellow Saudi clubs Al Hilal SFC and Al Shabab as well as Qatari duo Al Duhail and Al Rayyan, UAE’s Shabab Al Ahli, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad Khouzestan and 2021 AFC Cup™ runners-up FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at how the teams are shaping up for the Round of 16 scheduled for February 19-20 in Doha, Qatar.