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Al Hilal opens Asian Champions League semifinals with 3-0 win over Al Ain


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Nassir Al Shamrani scored twice within four minutes and Thiago Neves added another second-half goal as Al Hilal opened the Asian Champions League semfinals with a 3-0 win over Al Ain.

Al Shamrani scored in the 61st and 64th minutes to break the deadlock before Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa was sent off for a challenge on Nawaf Al Abid. Neves missed the resulting penalty, but quickly recovered to score in the 70th against 10-man Al Ain and put the result beyond doubt.

Al Ain, which failed to score in an Asian Champions League match for the first time this year, will host the return match in the United Arab Emirates.

FC Seoul was hosting Western Sydney Wanderers in the opening leg of the eastern zone semifinals on Wednesday.

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