Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr eliminated from the Asian Champions League

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Al-Nassr lost to Al-Ain quarterfinals

Al-Nassr, captained by Cristiano Ronaldo, lost to Al-Ain in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League.

Al-Nassr, which had fallen down 1-0 in the previous leg, struggled to force extra time while trailing 3-0 overall.

After missing a clear opportunity in normal time, Ronaldo gave 10-man Al-Nassr a 4–4 aggregate lead with a penalty in the 118th minute.

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The lone player to score for Al-Nassr in the 3-1 shootout loss was Ronaldo.

When the Al Ain custodian spilled a shot into his path with his team behind 3-2 on aggregate after the hour, the 39-year-old, five-time Ballon d’Or winner, had stood in shock, having inexplicably missed the target from three yards out.

However, another former Manchester United player, Alex Telles, scored in the 72nd minute to send Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia into extra time. After Ayman Yahya was sent off, Al-Nassr was down to 10 men.

After Al-Ain, a team from the United Arab Emirates, took the lead again in the first overtime period, Ronaldo saved a penalty kick with two minutes left to force a shootout.

When Ronaldo took his penalty attempt in the shootout, Al-Nassr was already behind 2-0. Otavio, his teammate, subsequently missed his team’s fourth penalty, sealing the defeat.

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