In the first minutes Ronaldo went down in the penalty area, the referee pointed to the spot but Ronaldo, along with Persepolis players, contested the penalty. Referee Ma Ning checked the on-field monitor and overturned his decision. Al Nassr defender Ali Lajimi was sent off at half-time for a dangerous tackle on Milad Sarlak, while Ronaldo gave the Saudi Arabia team a scare by leaving the game with a neck injury.
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But Al Nassr had already qualified for the knockout stages as Group E winners and progressed further without defeat. The Riyadh-based team went into the game having won 18 of their previous 19 matches in all competitionsThis month, he picked up his first win since his appointment at Al-Ittihad as the Saudi Arabian champion defeated ASMK (Uzbekistan) 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage.
Two goals in four minutes of the first half from Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah gave Al-Ittihad the lead after Karim Benzema missed his chances.