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Ronaldo, Al Nassr beats Monastir in Arab Club Cup

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Ronaldo, Al Nassr beats Monastir in Arab Club Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the footballing legend, etched his name in the history books once again, setting another remarkable goalscoring record during a thrilling match of the Al Nassr and Monastir Arab Club Champions Cup game at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Al Nassr managed a resounding 4-1 victory over US Monastir on Tuesday, leaving spectators in awe of the Portuguese superstar’s netting magic.

The match began with Al Nassr displaying their attacking intent from the outset. Spearheading the charge were the seasoned midfield maestro Marcelo Brozovic, formerly of Inter Milan, and the talented former Lens captain Seko Fofana. Their seamless partnership orchestrated the team’s movements with precision and flair.

It took until the 42nd minute for the deadlock to be broken, and it came from a brilliantly executed attack initiated by Brozovic. The Croatian playmaker unleashed a pinpoint long ball down the left flank, expertly received by Abdulrahman Ghareeb. Ghareeb then provided a well-timed assist to Anderson Talisca, who confidently found the back of the net, sending the Al Nassr faithful into a frenzy of cheers.

However, moments later, fortune shifted towards Monastir’s favor. An unfortunate error by Al Nassr’s defender, Ali Lajami, resulted in him accidentally heading the ball into his own net, leveling the score six minutes after the hour-mark. Despite this setback, the match was destined to become Ronaldo’s showcase.


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In the 74th minute, Ronaldo rose to the occasion with his signature clinical header, sending the ball thundering into the net. This strike was special as it marked his 145th headed goal, setting a new record for the highest number of headed goals in football’s history, surpassing the legendary Gerd Muller’s previous tally of 144 goals. The stadium erupted with deafening applause, acknowledging the achievement of a true football icon.

From that moment on, the game’s momentum entirely swung in Al Nassr’s favor. Energized by Ronaldo’s record-breaking feat, the team intensified their attacks, overwhelming Monastir’s defense. In a swift succession of events, Abdulelah Al-Amri and Abdulaziz Saud Al Elewai both found the back of the net, scoring two goals in just two minutes, securing an emphatic victory for Al Nassr.

This triumph was not only crucial for Al Nassr’s position in the King Salman Club Cup but also a relief for Ronaldo’s side, who had experienced mixed results against European teams in recent outings, including two heavy defeats against Benfica and Celta Vigo. The victory propelled Al Nassr to the top of their group, level on points with Al Shabab, but ahead on goal difference.

On the other hand, US Monastir faced a disappointing outcome, descending to the bottom of the table and becoming the only team in their group without a single point. The road ahead would be challenging for Monastir, as they prepared to face Al Shabab in their final group-stage match.

Looking ahead, Al Nassr’s focus shifted to their upcoming clash against Egyptian side Zamalek SC on Thursday. With Ronaldo’s scoring form and the team’s renewed confidence, they aimed to conclude the group stage on a high note and progress further in the competition.


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