RIYADH — Al-Nassr staged a remarkable comeback against Istiklol in the AFC Champions League Group E clash, securing a 3-1 victory with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Anderson Talisca in Riyadh.
Istiklol had initially taken the lead with Senin Sebai's 44th-minute opener, causing Al-Nassr to intensify their efforts.
Ronaldo equalized with a clever finish in the 66th minute, and Talisca, the former Guangzhou Evergrande striker, sealed the win with two goals.
Despite Al Nassr's dominance in dictating the tempo, Istiklol's well-drilled defense posed challenges until the foreign imports turned the tide.
Talisca's header and Ghareeb's near miss in the first half were met with Istiklol's sucker punch, but Al-Nassr regrouped after the break.
Ronaldo's equalizer in the 66th minute was followed by Talisca's decisive header, and he further solidified the victory in the 77th minute.
The Luis Castro-coached Al-Nassr displayed resilience, overcoming Istiklol's initial lead to claim three crucial points in the AFC Champions League encounter.
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