Al Nassr Triumphs Over Persepolis FC in AFC Champions League Opener
In a thrilling start to their AFC Champions League campaign, Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr secured a commanding 2-0 victory against Iran's Persepolis FC on Tuesday.
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In AFC Champions League action, Al Nassr from Saudi Arabia commenced their season with a commanding 2-0 triumph over Iran's Persepolis FC. The clash unfolded on Tuesday at Tehran's Azadi Stadium.
The first 45 minutes witnessed both sides struggling to find the back of the net, but the game took a dramatic turn when Persepolis saw themselves reduced to 10 players following Milad Sarlak's red card. Sarlak, a midfielder, brought down none other than Cristiano Ronaldo in the 52nd minute.
Al Nassr capitalized on their numerical advantage, with Danial Esmaeilifar scoring an unfortunate own goal in the 62nd minute. Mohammed Qassem sealed the victory with a net-rippling strike in the 72nd minute, cementing a 2-0 win for the Saudi outfit.
Notably, this high-stakes match played out behind closed doors due to a sanction levied by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) against Persepolis. The AFC took action following a controversial social media post by the Iranian club about India. FC Goa, a prominent club in the Indian Super League, had raised a formal complaint against Persepolis for glorifying India's invasion before their 2021 clash.
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