• September 19, 2023

‘Even Neymar fails to find first goal’ as Al Hilal suffer 1-1 defeat at the hands of Uzbek side Nabvahor

Even Neymar (31, Al Hilal) couldn’t do it alone.

Al Hilal scored a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to draw 1-1 with Uzbekistan’s Nabvahor in the first leg of their Asian Champions League Group D qualifier for the 2023-2024 season at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the early hours of Monday morning.

It was Neymar’s first goal for Saudi Arabia. Neymar made his debut for Al Riyadh on Nov. 16 in the sixth round of the Saudi League. After coming on as a substitute in the 19th minute of the second half, Neymar assisted Malkun’s fourth goal in the 38th minute for his first Saudi offensive point. Neymar’s performance helped Al Hilal to a 6-1 victory.

It was Neymar’s first ACL start. Overall, the game was dominated by Al Hilal, but no goals were scored. Al Hilal players blatantly used their hands and committed fouls, but the referee didn’t call them.

In the 35th minute, Neymar had a golden opportunity. From a free kick, Neymar’s low shot was saved by the goalkeeper. The teams went into halftime scoreless.

Navbahor took the lead. Six minutes into the second half, Navbahor struck on the counterattack and Tabatabaje headed home the opening goal after Ismailov broke free in the box after a breakaway from the halfway line. Only two players were involved in the counterattack that led to the goal 먹튀검증.

Uzbekistan blatantly kicked Neymar in the shin from behind. An angry Neymar argued and the two teams tangled. With a one-goal lead, Navbahor blatantly tried to play “bed soccer,” further angering Neymar.

Neymar was frustrated that the ball wasn’t coming to him in time to equalize. Nabbahor blatantly tried to run out the clock. Whenever Neymar got the ball, he would foul him. Neymar had a header on a rebound in the 43rd minute, but it was saved by the keeper.

A whopping 14 minutes of extra time followed, but Neymar remained silent. In the 100th minute of stoppage time, Ali Alboulahi scored a dramatic equalizer.

In the end, even with Neymar, Al Hilal couldn’t win. With the game not going his way, Neymar hung his head.

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