Cristiano Ronaldo has made his official debut with his club Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia
After a gala match against PSG on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first match in the Saudi Arabian championship this Sunday at 6.30 pm. Trained by Rudi Garcia, his Al-Nassr club will receive Al-Ettifaq for the 14th day of the Saudi Pro Liga.
In a super tense atmosphere with 22,862 red-hot supporters for the premiere of their idol, CR7, willing to wish, struggled on all fronts of attack and repeated calls to score to no avail. However, a few days after his double against PSG in the friendly match (5-4 defeat), the Portuguese star, propelled captain of Al-Nassr by French coach Rudi Garcia, weighed on the meeting.
Leading the championship
The locals opened the scoring after a collective action: a cross from Al Sulaiheem lobbed CR7, but Anderson Talisca, better placed behind him, catapulted the ball into the back of the net (31st). Five minutes later, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner tried his luck with a well-placed free kick, but his shot went off target.
Then his central defender for Gonzalo Martinez proved almost decisive, but Al-Nassr’s Argentinian playmaker’s heavy goal was opportunely hit for a corner kick by the opponent’s doorman (57th). His best chance of the game would undoubtedly have been this hook that put Al Mowalad on the buttocks for his powerful shot that deflected Al-Ittifaq’s goalkeeper Victor (78th).
A sign that the public has taken over, this sign waved at a stand in Mrsool Park proclaiming “I wish you well, but you are only the best (I wish you well, but you are already the best)”. Thanks to this success, Rudi Garcia’s team moved to the top of the championship standings 33 points ahead of their rivals Al-Hillal by one length. As for Al Ittifaq, trained by his compatriot Patrice Carteron, he remains glued to 10th in the standings.
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