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Late Bounedjah strike salvages crucial point for Qatar’s Al Sadd

Late Bounedjah strike salvages crucial point for Qatar’s Al Sadd

AFC
Doha
Al Sadd SC left it late to secure a valuable point as Baghdad Bounedjah helped them to a 1-1 draw against Al Nassr on Matchday Five of the 2020 AFC Champions League Group D on Monday.
The two sides shared the spoils when they met on Matchday Two, with top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah and Abdulrahman Al Obaid getting on the scoresheet for Al Nassr, while Hassan Al Haydos’ goal was supplemented with Abdulelah Al Amri’s own goal to for Al Sadd.
Both teams proved why they are the top scoring sides in the competition with chances coming as early as the fifth minute of play, when Bounedjah squandered an excellent chance to break the deadlock when he fired wide, after a beautifully weighted pass from Korea man Nam Tae-hee.
Another chance fell to the Qatar Stars League side when Akram Afif cut inside from the left flank and started a string of pitch-wide passes that went through Nam Tae-hee and Bounedjah before Al Haydos angled a shot into the top corner, but Brad Jones’ acrobatic brilliance denied the Al Sadd captain.
Abdulfatah Adam was responsible for missing the first big chance that fell to the Saudi Pro League side, after Guilherme was dispossessed in midfield, the result of which was a high ball that Adam chased down before lashing a stinging shot on goal that keeper Saad Al Sheeb pushed out.
The first goal came through Khalid Al Ghannam, after receiving a throw in down the left flank, he dribbled into the penalty area and took on marker Pedro Miguel before taking a shot from an extremely tight angle that rolled between the keeper’s legs and settled into the net.
Intensity petered out as the game progressed with fatigue setting in, but Nam had a golden chance to equalise five minutes from time when Afif carefully lifted a ball across the box to youngster Yusuf Abdurisag, who headed it down for the Korea Republic international but the latter missed it.
Three minutes from time, Bounedjah gifted his side a point when he curled the ball into Jones’ net after Afif had played a ground pass to Nam, the number 10 beautifully played the Algeria international in to finish off.
Matchday Six will see Al Sadd face Sepahan, while Al Nassr will face the already eliminated Al Ain FC.
ScorelinecColor:> Al Sadd 1 (Baghdad Bounedjah 87’) drew with Al Nassr 1 (Khalid Al Ghannam 22’).standingsGroup D
Club M W D L GF GA GD Pts
Al Nassr (KSA) 5 3 2 0 9 4 5 11
Al Sadd (QAT) 5 2 3 0 13 6 7 9
Sepahan (IRN) 5 1 1 3 4 7 -3 4
Al Ain (UAE) 5 0 2 3 4 13 -9 2

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