Cristiano Ronaldo's honesty has helped to nullify a penalty he was awarded in Al-Nassr's 0-0 draw with Persepolis of Iran 0-0 in the Asian Champions League.
Ronaldo went down in the box in the opening moments on Monday night's (Tuesday AEDT) contest and the referee pointed to the spot. The Portuguese superstar then joined Persepolis players in disputing the spot kick, before Ma Ning checked the pitchside monitor and overturned his decision.
Al-Nassr defender Ali Lajimi was sent off on 17 minutes for a dangerous challenge on Milad Sarlak, and Ronaldo gave his side a late scare when he exited with a neck injury.
The Riyadh club had already qualified for the knockout stages as the Group E winners and advanced unbeaten, coming into the game having won 18 of their previous 19 games in all competitions.
In the same group, Qatar's Al-Duhail earned their first win after defeating Istiklol of Tajikistan 2-0. Prolific Kenyan striker Michael Olunga scored both goals.
Earlier in Group C, Argentine coach Marcelo Gallardo picked up his first win since being appointed by Al-Ittihad this month after the Saudi Arabian champions defeated AGMK of Uzbekistan 2-1 to move into the knockout stages.
Two goals in four first-half minutes from Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah gave Al-Ittihad the lead after Karim Benzema missed chances.
Late in the game in Tashkent, Martin Boakye pulled a goal back for AGMK.
"We had to work hard from the first whistle but we kept trying to get forward as much as we could and Hamdallah came good with two well-taken goals," Gallardo said.
The top team from each of the 10 groups of four in the tournament, which is divided into two geographic halves until the final, advances to the round of 16 along with the six best-placed runners-up.
Australian Associated Press