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.
Basra: Head coach Jesus Casas lauded his Iraq players for their mental strength and determination after lifting the 2023 Gulf Cup on Thursday.
In an exciting final that needed extra-time and was settled in the dying seconds, Iraq edged Oman 3-2 before their jubilant fans at the Basra International Stadium.
Ibrahim Bayesh opened the scoring for Iraq in the 24th minute, with Salah Al Yahyaei equalising from the penalty spot in second half added time.
Amjad Atwan then scored with a penalty in the 116th minute, only for Oman's Omar Mohammed to equalise three minutes later. Iraq, however, had the final say with Manaf Younis heading home the winner in added time for their fourth title.
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.