Brazilian Neymar scored his goals with Al Hilal Saudi Arabia from the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, and scored one of the hat-tricks scored by the Asian runner-up against Iran’s Nesaji host in the fourth group competitions in the Champions League.
Al Hilal raised its score to four points at the top, equal to Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan, and one point ahead of Nasaji, while Mumbai City is in last place without any point.
Al-Hilal won after a difficult match, during which it lost its captain, Salman Al-Faraj, who was sent off with a red card in the 38th minute of the first half, along with Amir Muhammad from the Nesaji team, on the grounds that they were involved in clashes and skirmishes that occurred between the two sides.
Al-Faraj was sent off in the first half of the match (AFP)
Brazilian Neymar, the star of Al Hilal, made his first scoring mark in a match during which Al Hilal overcame the poor playing field, and Serbian Mitrovic succeeded in giving his Blue team a quick lead with a header, relieving the great crowd pressure on Blue Capital in the 18th minute, despite the goal that was disallowed in the ninth minute due to offside. While Brazilian Neymar added the second goal with a powerful shot in the second half, his first goal in his career with Al Hilal, after receiving a perfect pass from substitute Nasser Al Dosari.
The third goal was scored by Saleh Al-Shehri in stoppage time, after a powerful shot from Nasser Al-Dosari, which Al-Shehri diverted with his foot and changed its path to reach the net.
Serbian Mitrovic, the Al Hilal striker, clashed with the Nesaji team captain after a joint ball between them, and the referee of the match awarded the red card to Al Hilal captain Salman Al-Faraj and the Nesaji team player Amir Mohammed in the 35th minute, so the two teams completed the match with ten players.
In the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Al-Fayhaa team succeeded in achieving its first historic victory in the AFC Champions League, defeating its guest, Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan, with a clean score without a response in the first group competitions.
Moroccan international Abdelhamid Sabri led his team to snatch the first three points after scoring a brace against the Uzbek net, one goal in each half.
Al-Fayhaa raised its score to three points, and finished second in the group standings, while Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates topped the mark after defeating Ahal Al-Turkmani in the same round with a score of 4-2.
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