Al Nasr earns three points thanks to Talisca’s hat-trick.
Al Nasr defeated Al Duhail 3-2 in the fourth match of Group E of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Champions League (ACL) 2023-24 season at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. The win takes Al Nasr to four wins (12 points) and moves them five points clear of second-placed Persepolis (7 points).
The hosts deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation. Michael Olunga, Almouez Ali, Philippe Coutinho, Ismael Mohammad, Ibrahima Bamba, Asim Madibo, Mohamed Al Naoumi, Youssef Aymen, Ousmane Semedou, Kim Moon-hwan, and Salah Zakaria started.
Al Nasr also lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Talisca, Abdulrahman Gharib, Otavio, Sadio Mane, Sami Alnaji, Marcello Brozovic, Alex Telles, Mohammad Alfatil, Abdullah Al Amari, Sultan Al Ghannam, and Nawaf Alaqidi started. Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the squad to rest.
The flow of the game was consistent. Al Nasr possessed the ball and attacked in the Al Duhail zone. However, it was Al Duhail who scored the first goal. In the eighth minute of the first half, Olunga won the ball in Al Nasr territory. He then sent a grounded cross in front of the goal, where Coutinho rushed in and slotted it home.
Al Nasr missed the chance. In the 17th minute, Teles sent in an early cross from the left flank. Talisca won a contest with Semedo and got a header on goal, but the ball went over the crossbar.
Al Duhail hit the ground. In the 23rd minute, a sharp cross from the left flank found the head of Olunga. However, it was not quite on target and did not head towards goal.
Al Nasr equalized. In the 27th minute, Talisca exchanged one-on-one passes with Gharib before taking a turn in front of the penalty arc. The ball curled exquisitely into the corner of the far post.
Al Duhail swallowed his disappointment. In the 29th minute, a long pass into the penalty box was attempted. Mohammad flicked it on and Bamba was on hand to meet it, but his shot was well wide of the target.
Al Nasr wasted a chance. In the 34th minute, a long pass into the penalty box was attempted. Gharib collected it and used a folding move to beat Kim Moon-hwan, but his immediate shot was just wide of the side netting. Then, in the 36th minute, Gharib’s powerful shot from the penalty area was saved by the goalkeeper.
Al Nasr took the lead. In the 37th minute, Al Nasr attacked after a successful ball interception. Talisca picked up the ball in front of the penalty arc and fired an unstoppable shot. The ball was sucked into the corner of the goal. The first half ended with Al Nasr holding a 2-1 lead.
The second half was evenly matched. The score remained the same as no shots were taken in the middle of the half. 아톰카지노
Al Duhail hit the ground running. In the 19th minute of the second half, Ali sent in a cross from the left side of the field, and Olunga took possession and took a turning shot, but it hit the keeper and went over the crossbar.
Al Nasr had practically driven a wedge. Twenty minutes into the second half, a counterattack ensued. Talisca fed a sideways surging Gharib in front of the penalty box, who played a return pass. Talisca calmly slotted it home from the no-mark.
Al Duhail chased it down. In the 32nd minute, Coutinho’s shot from inside the penalty box hit Brozovic in the arm and a handball foul was called. Coutinho stepped up to take the kick, finishing neatly into the bottom left corner.
Al Duhail attacked in the final minutes of the half. Eight minutes of second-half stoppage time were awarded. Two minutes into stoppage time, Khaled Mohamed was sent off for a challenge on Otavio. With no further goals scored, the game ended in a 3-2 victory for Al Nasr.