Cristiano Ronaldo helped Al Nassr to a 2-0 victory over Al Khaleej in their Saudi Pro League match. It’s a result that sees Luis Castro’s men close the gap to just four points on league leaders Al Hilal.
The Portuguese striker has now scored 11 league goals in nine appearances this season in the league and he did so with a fine strike from outside the box. Ronaldo picked the ball up on the edge of the box and faked a shot before rifling an effort into the far corner.
Sadio Mane had a wonderful goal ruled out due to an offside player in the build-up, however, Al Nassr doubled their lead through former Man City defender Aymeric Laporte. Laporte’s goal was his first since making the move to Saudi Arabia from the treble winners.
For Al Nassr, it’s their fifth win in a row in all competitions and their fifth clean sheet this season. Their unbeaten run extends to 16 matches and up next they return to AFC Champions League action as they travel to Qatar to face Al-Duhail SC.
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Al Nassr 2-0 Al Khaleej final score
FT Goal scorers Al Nassr 2 25′ Ronaldo, 58′ Laporte Al Khaleej 0
Al Nassr 2-0 Al Khaleej updates, highlights from Saudi Pro League
FT: That’s it! Al Nassr secure their fifth win in a row in all competitions. Al Khaleej troubled them at times but the home side were a class above.
⌛️ || Full time, 💪💛@AlNassrFC 2:0 #AlKhaleej #AlNassrAlKhaleejRonaldo ⚽️Laporte ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/zPpfaDMSv8
90th minute: There will be four minutes of added time. Al Nassr still dominating possession and Al Khaleej appear as though they’ve ran out of ideas.
80th minute: To be fair to Al Khaleej, they’re still trying to create chances but the quality between the two sides is clear for all to see.
74th minute: Since Al Nassr’s second goal it really has been a walk in the park.
69th minute: Mohamed Sherif’s header for Al Khaleej is just too high after a good cross from Khaled Narey.
58th minute: GOAL! Telles whips in a cross to the far post, it’s headed across the goal by Ronaldo and Laporte taps home. It’s his first Saudi Pro League goal.
55th minute: The Al Nassr fans are bouncing up and down, they’re enjoying themselves. If their team can hang on they’ll be just four points behind Al Hilal.
46th minute: The second half is underway as Al Khaleej kicks us off.
Half-time: That’s it for the first half of play. Ronaldo’s excellent strike is the only difference between the two sides.
45+1: There are six minutes of added time to play.
45th minute: He’s not able to continue, Ali Al Hassan replaces him.
42nd minute: Alkhaibari goes down injured and needs treatment.
36th minute: Al Khaleej have rarely escaped their own half since going a goal behind but when they do, they look dangerous on the counter. Al Nassr’s defence so far so good.
26th minute: He’s given them the lead! Ronaldo 1-0. The Al Nassr forward has the ball on the edge of the box and picks out the far right corner with a fine strike.
⚽️ || GOOOOOAAAAL! 🤩🐐Ronaldo scores the first goal 26’ for @AlNassrFC #AlNassr 1:0 #AlKhaleej #AlNassrAlKhaleej pic.twitter.com/JLeVT1In8T
20th minute: Ronaldo again has another free-kick, this time he tries to chip it to the back post but it fails to beat the first man.
16th minute: Ronaldo lines up a free-kick from a long way out but his strike dribbles across the ground and the goalkeeper collects easily. Not one of his best.
12th minute: Goal ruled out! There was an offside in the build up.
10th minute: MANE! He gives Al Nassr the lead with a world-class finish. He finds space in the box on the left and drills an effort across the goalkeeper to find the bottom right corner.
8th minute: Al Nassr are slowly growing into this game as they’re enjoying more time in the final third.
3rd minute: The visitors have had a bright start so far and Al Nassr have struggled to get out of their own half. It’s a great atmosphere so far.
1st minute: We’re underway!
10 minutes until kickoff: We’re almost ready at the Mrsool Park Stadium. Kickoff is next!
30 minutes until kickoff: The last game in the Pro League for Al Nassr at home, Ronaldo did this…
This @Cristiano Ronaldo free kick 😮💨🎯#yallaRSL pic.twitter.com/2uPWeLay6d
1 hour until kickoff: Team news is in! It’s a front three of Otavio, Mane and Ronaldo for Al Nassr this evening.
🗒 || Starting lineup,@AlNassrFC vs #AlKhaleej #AlNassrAlKhaleej pic.twitter.com/EF0x5kasUc
90 mins until kickoff: A fresh trim for Cristiano, how many goals can he score tonight?
New look 🤩 pic.twitter.com/xv8El0UhmH
120 mins until kickoff: It’s a big month coming up for Al Nassr! They’ll want to get started on the front foot this evening.
Five Games ⚽️AlNassr In November 🗓️Good luck, Nassr 💛 pic.twitter.com/zJkryucrPv
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej lineups
Al-Nassr will be without Brazilian forward Talisca, who is suspended following a straight red card he received in their recent cup victory over Al-Ettifaq on Tuesday. Talisca has been a standout player for The Global Club who, before Tuesday, had scored 14 goals in 10 matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo, with 11 league goals this season, currently leads the Professional League’s scoring chart, and the 38-year-old is expected to lead the Al-Nassr attack once more, alongside Otavio and Mane. In terms of injuries, their starting goalkeeper David Ospina isn’t available as he has been sidelined with an injury since January.
Al Nassr starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Nawaf (GK) — Alkhaibari, Alamri, Laporte, Telles — Fofana, Brozovic, Ghareeb — Otavio, Mane, Ronaldo.
Al Nassr subs (12): To be confirmed
As for Al Khaleej, midfielder Mansour Hamzi won’t be available for selection in Saturday’s game due to a suspension resulting from a straight red card he received against Damac on Monday.
It’s anticipated that Pedro Emanuel will select a similar starting XI for the upcoming weekend, with Mohammed Al-Khabrani and Lisandro Lopez forming the central defensive pair and Mohamed Sherif, Khaled Narey, and Fabio Martins retaining their positions in the attacking third.
Al Khaleej projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Al-Haidari — Rebocho, Lopez, Al-Khabrani, Hamsal — Jung, Rodrigues — Narey, Abdulelah, Martins — Sherif.
Al Khaleej subs (12): To be confirmed
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