Al-Nassr advance to AFC Champions League quarterfinal

Al-Nassr players celebrate after winning the AFC Champions League round of 16 second leg match against the UAE's Al-Wahda. (AFP)
Updated 13 August 2019

Al-Nassr advance to AFC Champions League quarterfinal

  • Giuliano Victor scored two times for Al-Nassr to a 3-2 victory over Al-Wahda

JEDDAH: Attacking midfielder Giuliano Victor scored two times to power Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr to a 3-2 victory over Al-Wahda of the UAE in the second leg of their round of 16 match in the AFC Champions League at the Al-Nahyan stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Riyadh-based Al-Nassr advanced 4-3 on aggregate and will face the winner of the all-Qatari clash between Al-Sadd and Al-Duhail on Tuesday night in the quarterfinal. The other second leg round of 16 match Tuesday pits all-Saudi sides Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli.

Mohamed Burgosh put the host team first on the scoresheet with a goal in the 27th minute. 

Forwrad Abdurazak Hamdallah opened the account for Nassr with an equalizing goal in the 41st minute before Victor staked the visitors to a 2-1 lead two minutes after the halftime break. Victor then made it 3-1 for Nassr by scoring again in the 62nd minute before Wahda’s Sebastian Tagliabue narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a strike in the 80th minute.


Australia can win basketball World Cup, says USA coach

Updated 22 August 2019

Australia can win basketball World Cup, says USA coach

MELBOURNE: United States coach Gregg Popovich has tipped Australia as a key contender at the upcoming basketball World Cup in China, saying they have the ability to win the tournament.
The veteran San Antonio Spurs mastermind offered the praise ahead of two warm-up games between the nations in Melbourne this week.
“They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt,” Popovich said. “I’m not saying that because I’m here (in Melbourne). It’s just a fact.”
The world number one Americans will try to win a third consecutive World Cup next month with a line-up that lacks many of their NBA superstars, with the likes of James Harden, Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard among notable absentees.
But they boast top young talent and will use the games in Australia to refine their identity.
They arrived in Melbourne on the back of a 90-81 victory over second-ranked Spain in Anaheim, California, and will play the Boomers later Thursday, then again Saturday before a final warm-up against Canada in Sydney on August 26.
In contrast to the five-time World Cup winners, Australia have never won a medal. But Popovich thinks this could be their year.
“They’ve been close for several years, and they are hungry. They are talented. Coach (Andrej) Lemanis does a good job, and they are a team,” he said on the USA basketball website.
“They are together. They know what they are doing. They execute really well, so that’s what it takes. They have the toughness and physicality to go with it.
“I think they are one of the top contenders without a doubt.”
While Australia boosts a handful of NBA stars, including Utah Jazz’s Joe Ingle and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, they suffered a setback on Monday when Jonah Bolden joined his teammate Ben Simmons in pulling out of the World Cup.
Other Australian NBA standouts not playing include Thon Maker (NBA commitments), Ryan Broekhoff (birth of his child) and Dante Exum (injury).