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Red card helps Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr win Asian Champions League opener

Sept 19 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr made the most of their mathematical benefit against 10-man Persepolis in Tehran's vacant Azadi Arena on Tuesday as the Saudi Genius Association side started off their Asian Heroes Association crusade with a 2-0 win over the Iranians.

Triumph came after the hosts had Milad Sarlak shipped off briefly bookable offense seven minutes into the final part when the Iranian stepped on Ronaldo's foot during a midfield tussle.

“It was a decent game, despite the fact that the principal half was somewhat challenging for the two groups,” said Al-Nassr forward Sadio Mane.

“We played great in the final part, we made a few possibilities and we scored two objectives and I think we had the right to win this evening.”

The game was played in a void Azadi Arena as a boycott forced on Persepolis by the Asian Football Confederation a long time back was upheld, denying large number of fans who have followed Ronaldo since his appearance in Tehran from joining in.

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