Injured Olunga scores as Al Duhail suffer Asian Champions League elimination despite victory

Injured Olunga scores as Al Duhail suffer Asian Champions League elimination despite victory

Olunga managed to score having come off the bench, but it came at a cost as he had to limp off again after just 21 minutes.

Harambee Stars captain Michael Olunga continued to write history as Al Duhail’s record Asian Champions League goalscorer, coming off the bench to score the winning goal against Persepolis on Tuesday night.

Although he did score, it did come at a cost as he had to be subbed off again in stoppage time after picking up an injury and had to be replaced by Mohamed Al Naimi.

Al Duhail finished the group third on seven points, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr won the group with 14 points. Persepolis finished second in the group despite defeat.

Juma, who scored his maiden goal for the club in his previous appearance against Al-Jandal, was not as lucky against Al Najma.

Shahab Zahedi was on target for Persepolis with a header from the center of the box just seven minutes into the match but two minutes later, right-footed Mohammed Muntari leveled the score in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Shortly after, Persepolis put the visiting team under pressure but their strikers failed to capitalize on their chances

In the second half, Persepolis possessed the ball but Al Duhail produced several dangerous counter attacks.

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Tera started and featured for 59 minutes, before his fellow Kenyan Nondi came on for him for the rest of the match.

With 10 minutes remaining, the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Mohammad Omri was brought down in box but Persepolis defender Giorgi Gvelesiani missed the penalty.

Three minutes later, substitute Olunga silenced the stadium with a left-footed shot that nestled the back of the net.

In his 21 minutes on the pitch, however, he managed to get a goal from just nine touches of the ball, having made four successful passes.

Prior to the match on Tuesday, Olunga had taken his Champions League tally to 18 for Al Duhail last week when he scored twice as they beat FC Istiklol of Tajikistan 2-0.

His goal now means he has 19 goals in the Champions League for the club.

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