Where to watch Istiklol vs Al Nassr live stream, TV channel, lineups for AFC Champions League match

Cristiano Ronaldo’s clubu Al Nassr will look to complete their AFC Champions League Group E campaign in style at Istiklol on Tuesday.

Luis Castro’s side are five points clear at the top of the table before the closing round of fixtures, having won four and drawn one of their group-stage matches.

A positive result is needed for morale after the Saudi Pro League title hopefuls suffered a potentially damaging defeat on their travels on Friday. League leaders Al Hilal scored three second-half goals to beat Al Nassr 3-0, moving seven points above them at the top of the table.

The Sporting News looks at the key details ahead of the game, including how to watch it across the world, kickoff times and the latest lineup news.

MORE: How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored at Al Nassr this season?

What time does Istiklol vs Al Nassr kick off?

This AFC Champions League clash takes place at Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and kicks off on Tuesday, December 5 at 9 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Tue, Dec. 5 11:00 a.m. ET
Canada Tue, Dec. 5 11:00 a.m. ET
UK Tue, Dec. 5 4:00 p.m. BST
Australia Wed, Dec. 6 2:00 a.m. AEST

MORE: AFC Champions League 2023/24: Fixtures, results, schedule, teams, prize money

Istiklol vs Al Nassr live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch the AFC Champions League group match in selected areas of the world’s major regions:

UK: The AFC Champions League does not have a broadcast deal in the United Kingdom. Those with an account with bet365 will be able to stream the match via the bookmaker’s website or app. FITE+ is another streaming service that will show the game.

USA:  This game is available to stream on Paramount+.

Australia: Paramount+ also has the rights to all Ronaldo’s AFC Champions League outings in Australia.

Canada: This match is not available to watch in Canada.

MORE: How to watch Saudi Pro League in USA | How to watch in UK

Istiklol vs Al Nassr lineups, team news

Striker Manuchekhr Dzhalilov remains a key injury absentee for Istiklol. Senin Sebai and Amadoni Kamolov are likely to start in attack in his absence. 

Istiklol projected lineup (5-3-2, right to left): Yatimov (GK) — Nasrullozoda, Kartashyan, Gogoua, Novoselec, Islomov — Kurbonov, A. Dzhalilov, Beganovic — Sebai, Kamolov

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina remains a long-term absentee for Al Nassr with an elbow injury.

Centre-back Ali Lajami could return after serving a suspension, but Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested. The veteran striker has had a heavy workload recently and is carrying a neck problem, so will be spared the long trip to Tajikistan.

Al Nassr projected lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Alaqidi (GK) —  Al Ghannam, Lajami, Laporte, Telles — Al Khaibari, Brozovic — Talisca, Otavio, Mane — Ghareeb.

Istiklol vs Al Nassr prediction

Although the match is of little consequence, Al Nassr should return to winning ways against opponents who are bottom of the group on two points.

Sebai gave Istiklol a shock 44th-minute lead in the reverse fixture on Matchday 2 of the competition. Ronaldo scored the equaliser 21 minutes after the restart and Talisca netted twice in six minutes to seal a 3-1 victory for his side.

Prediction: Istiklol 0-3 Al Nassr

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