Written By Jacobs Dunga
Both Saudi clubs began their journey in this year’s continental showpiece on a whining note.
Nuno Espírito Santo led his reigning Saudi Pro League champions to victory against visiting AGMK in the AFC Champions League.
The Tigers wasted no time in getting started with Harouane Camara scoring the opener in the eleventh minute.
Romarinho scored four minutes later to double the lead and the Brazilian was on hand to add a third three minutes before halftime thanks to a well taken spot kick.
The two time champions did miss Karim Benzema in the game but that did not deter them from picking up maximum points.
Their next game in the continent will see them travel to Iran where they tackle Sepahan who played a 2-2 draw against Al Quwa Al Jawiya.
Al Hilal could not replicate the earlier performance of their rivals as they laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to Navbahor Namangan.
The Uzbekistan side proved a difficult nut to crack for last season’s finalists at the King Fahd International Stadium.
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Jorge Jesus handed Brazilian superstar Neymar his first start of the season but even that could not guarantee them maximum points.
The first half ended goalless but it was Navbahor through Tabatadze who open the scoring in the 52nd minute.
The game was looking like a loss already until Ali Al Boleahi restored parity in the tenth minute of added time to salvage a point for the Blues.
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