Ali Al-Bulaihi’s equaliser 10 minutes into stoppage time spared Al Hilal’s blushes as Neymar made his first begin for the Saudi Professional League aspect in a 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan’s Navbahor within the Asian Champions League in Riyadh on Monday.
Saudi Arabia worldwide defender Al Bulaihi rose to satisfy Brazilian winger Michael’s centre to cancel out a Toma Tabatadze strike within the 52nd minute of the Group D assembly that had appeared set to earn Samvel Babayan’s aspect an unlikely win.
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Neymar, among the many headline arrivals in Saudi Arabia over the summer time, was included within the beginning line-up for the primary time since his 90 million euro ($96 million) transfer from Paris Saint-Germain however was annoyed all through the encounter.
The Brazilian appeared like he would find yourself on the dropping aspect till Al Bulaihi’s header, which got here throughout greater than 14 minutes of damage time, lastly put an finish to Navbahor’s decided resistance in opposition to their expensively-assembled opponents.
Solely the winners of the ten teams within the 40-team competitors are assured to advance to final 16 and Al Hilal sit behind debutants Nassaji Mazandaran within the early standings.
The Iranians prime the group after securing a 2-0 win over India’s Mumbai Metropolis in Pune via a purpose in every half from Ehsan Hosseini and Mohammad Reza Azadi.
There have been no such issues for Saudi Professional League champions Al Ittihad, who cruised to a 3-0 win in Group C over AGMK from Uzbekistan regardless of coach Nuno Espirito Santo not together with ex-Actual Madrid striker Karim Benzema in his squad.
Haroune Camara gave the previous champions the right begin in Jeddah within the eleventh minute when he slammed residence after goalkeeper Botirali Ergashev’s save and Romarinho doubled the lead 4 minutes later with a cool close-range end.
The Brazilian hit the third three minutes earlier than the interval from the penalty spot after Abderazzak Hamdallah had been fouled within the space by Dilshodbek Akhmadaliev.
Al-Ittihad lead the desk after Air Power Membership shared a 2-2 draw with Sepahan from Iran, with 19-year-old Ali Jassim scoring twice for the Iraqi aspect in Erbil.
In the meantime, Nasaf Quarshi from Uzbekistan secured a late 1-0 win over Jordan’s Al-Faisaly to prime Group B forward of Qatar’s Al Sadd and Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, who shared a 0-0 draw.
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