Dominant Al Hilal, Al Nassr set up all-Saudi Arabian semi in AFC Champions League

Bafetimbi Gomis took his tally in AFC Champions League 2021 to six goals to help Al Hilal advance into the semifinals with a 3-0 win over Persepolis on Saturday. Hamoud Al-Osaimi / Power Sport Images for The AFC

Al Hilal and Al Nassr will face off in an all-Saudi Arabian last-four clash in the West Zone of the AFC Champions League after both claimed dominant wins in Saturday's quarterfinals.

Al Nassr were the first of the two in action in Riyadh and produced a real statement of intent by thrashing United Arab Emirates' Al Wahda 5-1.

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Abderrazak Hamdallah opened the scoring at Mrsool Park after seven minutes, when he applied the finishing touches to a wonderful team move before Pedro Emanuel's turned on the style after the break.

Three goals inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half -- a brace from Jaloliddin Masharipov and one from Abdulfattah Asiri -- effectively ended the contest, and Sami Al-Najei then added a fifth in the 74th minute.

Ismail Matar pulled one back for Al Wahda in injury-time but it was little more than a consolation, as Al Nassr advanced to the semis of Asia's premier club competition for the second season running to keep alive their hopes of a first title.

Later on Saturday evening, they were joined by compatriots Al Hilal, who remain in the running to be crowned champions of Asia for a second time in three years with a 3-0 win over Persepolis of Iran at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.

Salem Al-Dawsari broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a stunning long-range effort, before Bafetimbi Gomis -- Al Hilal's top scorer in their title-winning campaign in 2019 -- came to the fore with two close-range finishes after halftime to secure his team's progress.