UAE's Al Nasr crash out of Asian Champions League

Published September 15th, 2016 - 01:19 GMT
Pending appeal El Jaish now play Al Ain in semi-final
Pending appeal El Jaish now play Al Ain in semi-final

Al Nasr lost 1-0 at home to Qatar’s El Jaish in the second leg of the Asian Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday to lose 4-0 on aggregate.

The Blue Wave had actually beaten El Jaish 3-0 away in last month’s first leg, but the victory was reversed to a 3-0 defeat by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday after Al Nasr were accused of fielding a player on a “forged or falsified” passport.

All teams are allowed three foreign players plus one Asian player and Al Nasr’s Brazilian-born striker Wanderley Santos, who scored two in the first leg, was occupying the Asian slot by playing on an Indonesian passport.

The authenticity of that document has since been called into question by the AFC with Wanderley suspended until further investigations determine who was responsible for the alleged falsification.

Wanderley didn’t feature in this game due to the suspension.

Pending the result of an appeal by Al Nasr on the reversal of the first leg score, the Blue Wave are now out of the competition. This had been the furthest they had reached in the tournament in three appearances.

Unless the decision is reversed, El Jaish will play fellow UAE side Al Ain in the semi-final, after The Boss beat Uzbekistan’s Lokomotiv Tashkent 1-0 away on Tuesday to progress 1-0 on aggregate in the other West Asian quarter-final.

Romarinho opened the scoring for El Jaish on nine minutes after volleying in a chip up field from former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita.

Keita ran in from his own half unhindered past Salem Saleh and Tariq Ahmad before floating in a 35 metre cross over the head of Khalifa Mubarak and into the path of Romarinho, who struck past keeper Ahmad Shambih.

Abdul Aziz Barrada headed wide from Jires Kembo Ekoko’s cross just after the half hour in the closest of Al Nasr’s first half efforts.

Early in the second half Salem Saleh then scissor kicked Barrada’s cross onto the post and moments later he couldn’t get a foot on Mahmoud Khamis’ cross despite only needing the slightest of touches with which to equalise.

Saleh then completed a hat-trick of missed efforts just after the hour when he headed wide from Jassim Yaqoob’s cross.

He went on to add a fourth missed opportunity to his slate in stoppage time when he planted a tap in from Kembo’s deflected shot straight back at the keeper from six yards.

By Ashley Hammond

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