As Iraq’s first representatives in the AFC Champions League in a decade, Al Zawraa made a promising start to their campaign by picking up four points from their opening two games.
However, the past fortnight has seen them lose consecutive games to Al Nassr and, while they were comprehensively beaten 4-1 two weeks ago, it was a far different story on Tuesday evening.
Al Nassr score in the 98th minute to snatch victory over Al Zawraa
Al Zawraa opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Alaa Abbas notched his third goal of the campaign, receiving a layoff from Mohannad Abdul-Raheem before curling a sublime effort into the far corner.
Al Nassr then equalised in controversial fashion in the 56th minute when Fahad Al-Jumeiah smashed into opposition goalkeeper Jalal Hassan as he had gathered a loose ball but no foul was given, paving the way for Yahya Al-Shehri to finish into the unguarded goal.
Still, Al Zawraa looked good value for a point but there was to be late heartbreak for them in the 8th minute of injury-time when Nawaf Al-Farshan’s low drive beat Jalal at the near post.
FULL-TIME | 🇮🇶 Al Zawra’a (IRQ) 1-2 🇸🇦 Al-Nassr (KSA)
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The result leaves Al Zawraa two points behind second-placed Al Nassr and six adrift of Group A leaders Zob Ahan, although they still have two more matches to get back on track in a bid to reach the Round of 16.