Ronaldo Hits Equalizer for Al Nassr Against Zamalek


Ronaldo Hits Equalizer for Al Nassr Against Zamalek

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Al Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, managed to secure their spot in the Arab Club Champions Cup. The 38-year-old football icon scored a late equalizer, heading the ball home with a powerful finish in the 87th minute, resulting in a 1-1 draw against Egyptian champions Zamalek.



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A defeat in this match would have been disastrous for Al Nassr as it would have meant finishing third in Group C and facing elimination from the tournament. However, Ronaldo’s timely intervention saved the day for his team, and they qualified as the group runners-up behind their fellow Saudi side, Al-Shabab.

Heading into the game, Al Nassr was considered favorites to beat Zamalek, and a draw would have been enough for them to progress to the next stage of the tournament. In the first half, both teams fought hard, and Al Nassr showed a slightly better performance. At halftime, they brought in their new signing, Sadio Mane, as a substitute to add more firepower to their attack.


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Mane almost made an instant impact with a goal attempt within just 121 seconds of being on the pitch. Unfortunately, his volley from a superb cross by Alex Telles went just wide of the goal. Moments later, Telles, who had recently joined Al Nassr from Manchester United, conceded a penalty due to a handball, following a VAR review.

Zamalek’s winger, Ahmed Sayed, also known as Zizo, confidently converted the penalty kick with a low strike, putting Al Nassr in a precarious position. They needed a goal to avoid elimination, and the pressure was mounting on the players. However, they never gave up hope.

Throughout the match, Zamalek’s goalkeeper, Mohamed Sobhy, was rarely tested, and it seemed like his team would hold on to their lead. But Cristiano Ronaldo had other plans. With his immense experience and skill, he rose superbly to meet a cross from Ghislain Konan and directed the ball into the back of the net, leveling the score and securing Al Nassr’s spot in the last eight.

The next challenge for Al Nassr is to face Moroccan outfit Raja Club Athletic in the quarter-finals, scheduled to take place in Abha on Sunday. Ronaldo’s remarkable performance this season is commendable, with two goals in three appearances already, and he has been instrumental in guiding his team forward in the tournament.

Ronaldo joined Al Nassr last season after parting ways with Manchester United, and since then, he has made an immediate impact on the team’s performance. In a total of 22 games, he has scored an impressive 16 goals, and in all competitions in 2023, he has found the net 21 times in 26 matches.

Moreover, Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr seems to have opened the doors for other prominent players to consider playing in the Saudi Pro League. Players like Karim Benzema, Jordan Henderson, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are some of the big names who have made the switch.

Excitingly, Ronaldo will soon be teaming up with Sadio Mane in the forward line, once the former Liverpool star is fully fit. Al Nassr has also strengthened its squad with the addition of Alex Telles from Manchester United, as well as Seko Fofana and Marcelo Brozovic.

The Riyadh-based club is surely looking forward to a successful campaign in the Arab Club Champions Cup, and with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the charge, they have a strong chance of clinching the prestigious title. Football fans around the world eagerly await the next matches, hoping for more thrilling performances and memorable moments in this exciting tournament.


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