Ronaldo’s decisive goal grants Al Nassr the upper hand in the Champions League

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In a thrilling showdown between Saudi powerhouses, Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his legendary prowess yet again, netting his 21st goal of the season and securing Al Nassr’s 1-0 victory over Al Fayha in the Asian Champions League’s all-Saudi last 16 clash.

The stage was set at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, where the 39-year-old Portuguese maestro initially faced stiff resistance from an Al Fayha side positioned 14th in the Saudi Pro League. However, Ronaldo’s relentless spirit prevailed.

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Despite facing a resilient opponent that had previously thwarted his goal-scoring endeavors, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 81st minute with a moment of brilliance. Seizing a golden opportunity after a slick 1-2 exchange with Marcelo Brozovic, Ronaldo executed a sublime volley that sailed over the keeper’s head, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

But Ronaldo’s journey to victory wasn’t without its challenges. Just before halftime, he squandered a golden chance, with his attempt saved by Al Fayha’s vigilant shot-stopper Vladimir Stojkovic.

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Elsewhere on Wednesday’s action-packed roster, Bangkok United staged a remarkable comeback, securing a dramatic 2-2 draw against Yokohama F Marinos with a stoppage-time goal. Meanwhile, FC Nasaf and Al Ain battled to a goalless stalemate.

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In a display of South Korean dominance, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors took a significant step toward the quarter-finals with a commanding 2-0 triumph over Pohang Steelers. At Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Hernandes and Ahn Hyun-beom found the back of the net in a commanding performance, showcasing their championship pedigree.

Additionally, Bangkok United’s Mahmoud Eid emerged as the hero, heading in a late equalizer to salvage a point after being down 2-0 against Yokohama F Marinos. Nitipong Selanon and Elber contributed to the thrilling encounter, ensuring an enthralling spectacle for fans at Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani.

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