An own goal by Muhamed Musa was cancelled out by a Vladimir Weiss goal as Lekhwiya and Al Nassr drew 1-1 in their AFC Champions League Group A clash at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium on Tuesday.
The Saudi Pro League champions took the lead in the 46th minute when Qatari defender Musa diverted Mohammed Al Sahlawi’s low cross into his own net.
Their lead was short-lived, however, as Lekhwiya equalised five minutes later through Weiss after Youssef Msakni found space down the Al Nassr left.
After a fairly even yet largely uneventful first half, the match came to life in the second half as Musa’s error saw the deadlock be broken in the 46st minute.
Honours were back even in five minutes later after Msakni drove through the defense and found Weiss in space in the box and the Slovakian made no mistake from the finish eight yards out.
In what turned out to be a frantic final half hour, the hosts should arguably have taken the lead when Weiss burst into the box and was upended by Al Ghambi. However, Weiss’ weak penalty didn’t trouble goalkeeper Abdullah Al Enezi and was easily saved.
Al Nassr then missed a guilt-edged chance in the 72nd minute when Ahmed Al Fraidi’s header from close range was kept out by Amine Lecomte.
The Saudis were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when defender Khaled Muftah brought down Al Sahlawi, but he too was denied by Lecomte.
In the final few minutes, Al Nassr were reduced to 10 men after Al Ghamdi sent off for a second bookable offence after fouling Weiss.
Nevertheless, they were unable to make their numerical advantage count.