Dushanbe, Tajikistan — In a highly anticipated fixture, Tajik football powerhouse FC Istiklol is gearing up to host the formidable Saudi Pro League giants Al-Nassr FC for their final Group E encounter in the AFC Champions League 2023-24. The clash is scheduled at the Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe on Tuesday, December 5.
- Kick-off Time: 9:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST)
- Venue: Central Republican Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The AFC Champions League 2023-24 live streaming and telecast can be accessed in India, providing football enthusiasts with front-row seats.
Under the guidance of manager Igor Cherevchenko, Istiklol has faced challenges in the ongoing ACL campaign, recording two draws and enduring three losses in their five group-stage matches. Their most recent setback was a 0-2 defeat against Qatari football club Al-Duhail SC.
As they head into the crucial home game, Istiklol finds themselves at the bottom of the Group E standings with two points from five games.
In stark contrast, Al-Nassr, led by manager Luís Castro, remains unbeaten in the competition. With four wins and one draw in their five ACL matches, Al-Nassr has accumulated an impressive 13 points, securing their spot in the knockout round and ensuring a top finish in Group E.
Despite their stellar performance, Al-Nassr aims to return to the winning column after being held to a goalless draw by Iranian side Persepolis FC in their previous ACL outing.
Key Player Absence
Al-Nassr will be without their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, for the AFC Champions League clash against Istiklol. Head coach Luis Castro has opted to rest the Portuguese sensation, who has been in sensational form with 24 goals in 26 appearances this season.
In their only meeting earlier in October, Al-Nassr secured a 3-1 victory against Istiklol in the ongoing AFC Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring before Talisca netted a brace, propelling Al-Nassr to a comprehensive win at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Where to Watch
The Istiklol vs Al-Nassr AFC Champions League 2023-24 match will be telecast live on the Sports18 TV channel in India. For viewers who prefer online streaming, the game can be enjoyed on India’s FanCode app and website.