Al Hilal Saudi Arabia claimed their third successive win in the AFC Champions League after squandering several easy chances against ten Mumbai City players in India with goals from Michael and Aleksandar Mitrovic to lead their group on goal difference away from Uzbekistan’s Navpakor.
Al Hilal coach George Jesus was right to warn the 30,000-plus fans against Mumbai amid frustration from the crowd over the absence of Brazil star Neymar due to injury. Although Al Hilal won the first leg 6-0 in Riyadh.
The club, who hold a record four titles in the competition, were unable to score despite having 75 per cent of the ball in the first half and lacked precision despite numerous opportunities.
Al Hilal, missing Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic due to injury, recklessly squandered easy chances when Salem Al Dosari, who recently won the Asian Player of the Year award, failed to score in front of an open goal and shot. Near the post in the 53rd minute.
A minute later, Al Hilal found the equalizer after Mumbai defender Singh was sent off, then Michael succeeded in heading home Mohamed Al Buraiq’s cross in the 62nd minute, and celebrated in rival Cristiano Ronaldo style. Al Nasser is the highest scorer.
It was Al-Brek’s 18th decisive pass in his history at left-back in the Champions League with Al-Hilal, and fifth this season.
The crossbar blocked Nasser Al-Dosari’s goal and Mitrovic finally sealed victory for the Saudi league leaders, heading home Malcolm’s pass five minutes from time.
Al Hilal have ten points from four matches and lead Group D on goal difference from Nawbahor, who beat Nasaki 3-1 in Iran.
As part of the third group matches, Al-Ittihad lost 2–0 to the Iraqi Air Force in front of over 15,000 spectators at the Francois Hariri Stadium in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.
Ali Jassim (44) and Muhannat Abdul Rahim (52) scored two goals after Al-Quwa Al-Zawiyah beat Uzbekistan’s AGMK Olmalik 2-1 in the first over in the second round. Thus, the Iraqi team retaliated for losing in the last round. 0-1 at Al-Ittihad soil.
Despite suffering their first defeat after three straight wins, Al-Ittihad remained in the lead with 9 points, compared to second-placed Al-Quwa Al-Zawiya with 7 points.
The defeat comes to increase the pressure on Portugal coach Nuno Santo, whose team is going through a difficult period in the title-holding Saudi league, having failed to win in the last five stages and coming off a 0-1 defeat. At the hands of Al-Shabaab, it slipped to sixth place, 11 points behind leaders Al Hilal after 12 positions.
For its part, Al-Nasr will be looking to continue their exemplary run in the tournament amid expectations of a bigger crowd when they play host to Qatari side Al-Tuhail in the Qatari capital, Doha. , in addition to pre-clash ticket sales.
Al-Nasr team captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the legendary Portuguese star, was expected by the crowd, but the latter failed to accompany the delegation and stayed behind in the capital Riyadh after his compatriot Luis Castro. – Nasr wants to rest him after the next matches to avoid fatigue.
Al-Nasr entered the group on top with a full score of five (9 points) and managed to secure a stunning win against Al-Tuhail in the first leg, which ended 4-3 and saw the brilliance of star player Cristiano Ronaldo. , who scored a double against Al-Tuhail.
The Capital Yellow has several attacking solutions, and despite the absence of its main star Ronaldo, it brings back Brazilian Talisca, who missed the team’s last match against the Gulf. Saudi Football Federation.
In the absence of Ronaldo for the match against Al-Tuhail, Spaniard Laporte did not accompany the delegation to the Qatari capital Doha, which will make the task difficult for the team’s defensive elements.
If Al-Nasr wins, Al-Tuhail’s points will give them great morale heading into the next round, especially as Al-Nasr have managed to win their last three matches.
As for Qatar’s Al-Tuhail, which showed more skills on the offensive side, especially in the last Al-Nasr tournament, it will look forward to regaining its reputation and recording a positive result that will contribute to giving the team a final chance. Compete for the second qualifying card from this group.
Qatar’s Al-Tuhail has a point to its credit and is third in the group standings, eight points behind the leaders (Al-Nasr). This evening, apart from the Brazilian Coutinho, they are also betting on their star Almos Ali. , the former Barcelona and Liverpool star, was impressive in the first leg but did not score in the first leg. Same after multiple tries.
In the same group, Iranian side Persepolis will look to continue their perfect start after losing in the first round as they host Tajikistan’s Istiklal Dushanbe, whom the Iranian side managed to defeat in the first leg that brought them together in the capital, Tehran. Iran in the last round.
In Riyadh, Al-Fayhaa host their rivals Emirati side Al-Ain in their first group match where the hosts will look to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 loss in the first leg.
Participating in the AFC Champions League for the first time in their history, Al-Fayha are out of contention for the top spot in the standings, where Al-Ain comes in with a full score of 9 points compared to three points. Second-placed Uzbekistan side Bakhtakor have the same points as third-placed Al-Fayha.
In the same group, Uzbekistan’s Bakhtakor will host Turkmenistan’s Ahal at the Ashgabat Stadium in a clash where the Uzbekistan team will look to continue their winning streak after picking up their first win in this edition. Start.
Leads a team Spanish Barcelona Its rival Atletico Madrid, tonight at 10pm at the Montjuic Stadium, in a match that will bring them together in the 15th round of the Spanish League competitions.
Barcelona played 14 rounds in the Spanish league this season, with 9 wins, 4 draws and one loss, earning 31 points. Atleti played 14 matches in La Liga, split between 10 wins, one draw and two defeats. 31 in total.
Barcelona enter the match against Atlético Madrid after a disappointing 1–1 draw against Rayo Vallecano in the last round of La Liga, while Atlético Madrid beat Real Mallorca with a clean sheet in the same round.
Barcelona play the summit clash against the Rojiblancos today after beating Porto 2-1 in the fifth round of the group stage to officially qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. -1 in the same round.
The referee for Barcelona’s summit clash against Atletico Madrid will be Sánchez Martínez, who will assist him in the referee’s room, the Spanish Football Federation’s Referees Committee has announced. VAR Referee Hernandez Hernandez.
Sánchez Martínez’s last game in charge was between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou, and Barca won 1-0 in the 30th round of the 2022-2023 Spanish League last season, in which the Catalan side won the title. .
“Euro 2024” draw: England skips the big ones… and Spain are in “hard iron”
The draw for the finals of the European Football Championship (Euro 2024) in Germany took place on Saturday at the Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall in Hamburg, resulting in home team Germany in a balanced group and second. Very solid. It includes Spain, defending champions Italy and Croatia, France and the Netherlands in a group.
The first group includes Germany, Scotland, Hungary and Switzerland.
The second group includes Spain, Croatia, Italy and Albania.
The third group includes Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia and England.
As for the fourth group, it includes the winner from the first stage of the playoff along with the Netherlands, Austria and France.
The Belgium national team plays in the fifth group, next to the Slovak and Romanian teams and the winner from the second track of the playoff.
Group Six will feature Turkey, the winner from the third playoff track, Portugal and the Czech Republic.
In the opening game, the German national team will take on Scotland on June 14 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The tournament will feature 24 teams, divided into 6 groups, and their matches will be held at 10 stadiums in 10 different cities.
Germany will host the tournament from June 14 to July 14, 2024, with the opening match at the Allianz Arena in Munich and the final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
This edition of the European Nations Cup is the 17th since it was launched in 1960, and all its editions have been held regularly every 4 years, except for the last edition, which was postponed to 2021 due to “Corona”. pandemic, and the 17th edition is scheduled to take place in 2024, returning the tournament to its normal frequency.
Only the identity of the 21 teams was announced during the ceremony, while the identity of the last 3 teams to qualify for the tournament will be determined by a playoff in March 2024, less than 3 months before the tournament begins.
The German national team competes as the host nation’s representative, while qualifiers held in the past have led to the qualification of 20 teams divided into six groups.
The European Football Union (UEFA) revealed four tiers of qualified teams, with 6 teams in each tier. During the draw, one team from each level is selected to place in one of the six groups in the first round of the tournament.
The declared positions are as follows:
First stage: Germany – Portugal – France – Spain – Belgium – England
Second stage: Hungary – Turkey – Denmark – Albania – Romania – Austria
Fourth stage: Italy – Serbia – Switzerland – three teams qualified through playoffs
The teams were distributed in four stages according to the results of the qualifying rounds, except for the German team, which represented the host country, which was placed in the first stage teams, in addition to the first group.
Each of the three teams expected to qualify are referred to as qualified teams in the playoff tracks (1, 2, and 3), as the first includes teams from Poland, Wales, Finland, and Estonia, while the second includes teams. Israel, Bosnia, Iceland and Ukraine, while the third track consists of Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Luxembourg.
Competitions for each track are held in a semi-final and final round format, with one team from each track qualifying and competing directly in the finals.
During the finals, the four teams in each group compete in a single-round league format, and the first and second-placed teams qualify directly for the Round of 16, and the top 4 teams in third place in their groups join the Round of 12. Teams.
The first round of matches (group stage) will be held from June 14 to 26, 2024, followed by the elimination rounds from June 29 to the end of the Round of 16 proceedings on July 2. The quarter finals will be held. The semi-finals will be held on the 5th and 6th of the same month, the semi-finals on the 9th and 10th of the same month and the final on 14 July.
Germany is hosting the continental championship for the second time in its history after hosting the 1988 edition won by the Netherlands.
Germany has previously won the continental title three times in 1972, 1980 and 1996, making it the most successful team on the same level with the Spanish national team who topped the podium in 1964, 2008 and 2012 editions.
Italy and France have won the title twice and once
Marcelo Gallardo of Argentina decided; Al-Ittihad’s technical director today rested the team’s players from training, 48 hours before they face Iran’s Sebahan Isfahan in the final round of the AFC Champions League group stage tomorrow, Monday.
The rest of the players are coming in light of the fact that the Asian tournament is a foregone conclusion as Dean has already decided to qualify for the next round from the fifth round.
But with the Tigers currently leading the pack with 12 points and Sepahan second with 10 points, it is strange that this is not an achievement in deciding the top spot in the group.
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