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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr was ousted from the Asian Champions League quarterfinals despite a valiant fightback in the second leg against Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates. The match, held in Riyadh, saw Al-Nassr overcome a first-leg deficit with a 4-3 win, only to fall short in the penalty shootout, losing 3-1.

The encounter was a rollercoaster from start to finish. Al-Nassr, looking to overturn a 1-0 loss from the first leg, found themselves in a deeper hole as Al-Ain, through Moroccan international Soufiane Rahimi, extended their overall lead to 3-0 in the first half. Rahimi, replicating his goal-scoring form from the first leg, found the net twice, showcasing clinical finishing.

However, just before the halftime whistle, Abdulrahman Ghareeb ignited hopes of a comeback for Al-Nassr with a crucial goal. The momentum further shifted when Al-Ain’s goalkeeper Khalid Eisa unfortunately scored an own goal, making it 2-2 on the night and setting the stage for a gripping second half.

As the match progressed, Ronaldo, despite missing several chances including a glaring miss from just two meters out, showed his resilience. It was former Manchester United defender Alex Telles who then stepped up, scoring for Al-Nassr with 18 minutes left in regulation time, pushing the match into extra time.

Al-Ain briefly regained the lead in extra time through Sultan Al Shamsi, but Ronaldo, ever the protagonist, equalized from the penalty spot with just two minutes remaining, leveling the aggregate score at 4-4. Unfortunately for Al-Nassr, the subsequent penalty shootout saw them falter, with Ronaldo being the lone scorer for his side.

The result was a heartbreaker for Ronaldo and Al-Nassr, who showed commendable spirit to fight back but ultimately couldn’t secure their spot in the semifinals. Al-Ain’s victory sets up another encounter with Saudi Arabian giants, as they are slated to face the winner of the tie between four-time champions Al-Hilal and two-time champions Al-Ittihad.

Elsewhere in the tournament, the eastern zone quarterfinals are poised intriguingly with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai Motors locked at 1-1 after their first leg, and Yokohama F. Marinos holding a slim 2-1 lead over Shandong Taishan.

The dramatic exit of Al-Nassr underscores the unpredictable nature of football, where not even the star power of Cristiano Ronaldo can guarantee success. As the Asian Champions League moves towards its climax, the excitement and drama are only expected to intensify.

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In an all-Saudi Arabian matchup, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League with a convincing 3-0 aggregate victory over Al-Fayha. Ronaldo, who scored the lone goal in the first leg, found the net again in the return match in Riyadh, contributing to a 3-0 aggregate win. Otavio also opened the scoring, ensuring Al-Nassr’s progression.

Al-Nassr, aiming for its first-ever continental title, is set to face Al-Ain from the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals next month. The eastern zone of the tournament features representatives from South Korea, Japan, and China, setting the stage for competitive matchups.

In an all-South Korean quarterfinal, two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will face Ulsan HD. Ulsan secured a 5-1 aggregate victory over second-tier Japanese team Ventforet Kofu, winning 2-1 away after a 3-0 first-leg triumph. Jeonbuk, after a 2-0 home win against fellow Korean team Pohang Steelers, secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a 1-1 draw.

China’s Shandong Taishan advanced with a dramatic 6-5 victory over two legs against Kawasaki Frontale of Japan. Despite being down 3-2 from the first leg at home, Shandong quickly took a two-goal lead in Japan, with goals from Brazilian forward Cryzan and Gao Zhunyi. Although Kawasaki regained the lead with goals from Sota Miura and Erison, Cryzan’s late strike in the 97th minute leveled the score at 5-5, sending Shandong into the quarterfinals against another Japanese opponent.

Yokohama F. Marinos secured a spot in the last eight for the first time, defeating Bangkok United 3-2 on aggregate. Anderson Lopes scored the only goal in the return match after the first leg in Thailand ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Asian Champions League continues to showcase intense competition and thrilling moments as teams vie for continental glory.

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