x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Asian Champions League: Profligate Al Nasr fail to make chances count at Al Gharafa

Al Gharafa took another step towards the second round the Champions League with a 3-1 win in Doha.

Djibril Cisse of Al Gharafa fights for the ball with Mahmoud Darwish. Fadi Al-Assaad / Reuters
Djibril Cisse of Al Gharafa fights for the ball with Mahmoud Darwish. Fadi Al-Assaad / Reuters

Al Gharafa took another step towards the second round the Champions League with a 3-1 win over Al Nasr at home in Doha last night. The hosts, who had defeated Nasr 4-2 in Dubai, went ahead in the ninth minute when Lawrence Quaye blasted home following a corner kick and a sloppy clearance.

The visitors drew level in the 17th minute when Takayuki Morimoto flicked the ball past the keeper following a neat one-two with Bruno Correa.

The Brazilian then should have made it 2-1 in the 26th minute, but he took a bit too long in taking a shot when he had the Gharafa keeper at his mercy.

Nasr came close to taking the lead a few more times before the break and after, with Younus Ahmed and Habib Fardan getting into good positions but fluffing their lines.

Instead, the hosts were back in the lead in the 55th minute when Nene slotted home a rebound.

Fahid Al Shammari then made it 3-1 for Gharafa in the 79th minute, rising over the Nasr defence to head in a corner.

The win takes Gharafa's tally to nine points in Group C, while Nasr have zero points, having lost all four games.

The Dubai club's final two Champions League fixtures are home to Sepahan of Iran and away to Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia, later this month.

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