Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia concluded their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group D campaign to an end with a fifth consecutive win, defeating Nassaji Mazandaran 2-1 at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium on Monday.
The win took their tally in Group D to 16 points while Islamic Republic of Iran's Nassaji can be proud of their maiden appearance in the competition, having collected six points.
Preview - Group C: Al Ittihad FC (KSA) v Sepahan FC (IRN)
Mekkah: Al Ittihad FC will be braced for a tough test when they host Sepahan FC in Group C of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Monday.
Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad are, irrespective of the result at the King Abdulaziz Sport City, assured of their spot in the Round of 16 while Islamic Republic of Iran's Sepahan need three points to be absolutely sure.
Mitrovic stars with brace as Al Hilal defeat Al Nassr
Riyadh: Al Hilal turned on the power in the second half to defeat Al Nassr 3-0 in a Saudi Pro League 2023/24 tie on Friday.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic opened the scoring in the 64th minute with the in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic netting a late brace as the four-time Asian champions widened their lead at the top against their Riyadh rivals to seven points.
Namangan: Missing one penalty, let alone two, can shatter the confidence of a player but Salem Al Dawsari is not your average player.
Having failed to convert from the spot in the 11th and 68th minutes, the Al Hilal SFC captain then grabbed the headlines with a stunning goal to seal the Saudi Arabian side's win against Navbahor of Uzbekistan in Group D of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Tuesday.
The 2-0 victory also secured two-time AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal their spot in the Round of 16.
Namangan: Salem Al Dawsari redeemed himself with a spectacular strike to seal a 2-0 win for Al Hilal SFC against Navbahor on Tuesday after a pair of penalty misses as the Saudi Pro League side secured top spot in Group D of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24.
Brazilian winger Malcom scored with his first touch after being introduced from the bench to put Al Hilal in front when Al Dawsari’s 68th minute penalty was saved by Utkir Yusupov, with the former Barcelona man stroking the rebound home for the opener.
Al Dawsari then lobbed Yusupov from distance with five minutes remaining to redeem himself after his struggles from 12 yards earlier in the game.
The result moves Al Hilal onto 13 points from five matches and three clear of second placed Navbahor, with the Saudi side guaranteed to finish in pole position due to their superior head-to-head record over Samvel Babayan’s team.
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.