Michael Olunga scored and provided an assist for Al Duhail but it was not enough as Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane secured all three points for Al-Nassr in the Champions League
Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga is keeping faith after his side Al Duhail suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat to a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al-Nassr in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night.
Olunga scored one goal and had another ruled out for offside in the entertaining seven-goal thriller in Riyadh as Al-Nassr maintained their 100 per cent record in Group E.
06:00 - 24.10.2023
STARS ABROAD Michael Olunga not bothered by Cristiano Ronaldo and co as Al Duhail take on Al-Nassr in must-win match
Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga wants his side Al Duhail to handle Al-Nassr collectively and not look at dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo in Tuesday’s Asian Champions League tie
Al-Nassr went ahead through Brazilian Talisca who connected well with Ronaldo’s pass for a 1-0 lead at halftime before Olunga scored what would have been an equaliser nine minutes after the break but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Sadio Mane made it 2-0 after the Al-Duhail keeper had made a mess of an attempt to gather a cross 11 minutes into the second half before Ronaldo scored a 25-yard screamer with his left foot after the hour mark for a 3-0 lead.
17:08 - 23.10.2023
STARS ABROAD Michael Olunga braces up for challenge against Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League clash
Olunga will be facing Cristiano Ronaldo as Al Duhail is set to clash with Al Nassr in a high-stakes AFC Champions League clash.
However, Ismaeel Mohammad and captain Almoez Ali gave Al Duhail hope of completing a memorable comeback but Ronaldo fired Al Nassr back into the comfort zone in the 81st minute when he aimed a first-time volley past the Al-Duhail keeper following an angled cross from Sultan Al-Ghannam.
But Al-Duhail hit back again when Olunga scored to close the gap to just one goal once more but it was not enough to rescue a point.
13:36 - 19.10.2023
Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech makes surprising take on Michael Olunga and rising star Benson Omala
Dennis Oliench has revealed why Harambee Stars fans should cut Michael Olunga some slack whilst giving his honest opinion on Benson Omala.
“Great display in a difficult pitch. Fell short at the end but gave it all. We bounce back in the returning fixture Inshallah. Thank you, Lord for the goal and assist. All glory is yours,” Olunga posted on social media after the match.
Al Nassr now have nine points from the first three rounds of fixtures while Iranian side Persepolis have six points after two wins with Al Duhail and Istiklol from Tajikistan on one each.
18:33 - 18.10.2023
The former Gor Mahia striker has jumped to the defence of Michael Olunga after he attracted criticism from fans for missing a sitter against Russia.
Olunga and co have a difficult task if they have to get out of the group as they will be required to win all their second round of fixtures to sail through.