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Ronaldo Scores for Al-Nassr Against Al-Shorta 1-0

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Ronaldo Scores for Al-Nassr Against Al-Shorta 1-0

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On Tuesday, Al-Nassr secured a spot in the final of the 2023 Arab Club Championship Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over Al-Shorta, thanks to a successful penalty scored by Cristiano Ronaldo. The match happened at the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha, Saudi Arabia. The win sets up a final clash for Al-Nassr against either Al-Hilal or Al-Shabab.

The Saudi Arabian team, boasting a lineup of star players, proved to be superior to the Iraqi champions. However, their dominance was evident mainly in the second half when their exceptional abilities began to shine, notably with their superstar stepping up to score from the penalty spot as Cristiano Ronaldo netted the lone goal of the game, propelling his team to secure a place in the final of the tournament.

Given the wealth of talent they possess, it came as no shock that Al-Nassr swiftly asserted control over the match and took the initiative early on.

Al-Nassr will face the victor between Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad in the final, with the aspiration of clinching the championship title for the very first time in the club’s history. Under the guidance of coach Luis Castro, the team displayed a sense of ease while maintaining possession of the ball. They exhibited intelligent ball movement and purposeful play.


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In the opening 10 minutes of the match, the Riyadh giants had opportunities to secure a three-goal advantage. Anderson Talisca had a chance in a promising position inside the penalty area, but his shot was directed straight at Ahmed Basil. Cristiano Ronaldo also came close to scoring after receiving a well-executed pass from Marcelo Brozovic. Talisca had another attempt, shooting over the goal before testing the Iraqi goalkeeper with a save-worthy shot.

At the 30-minute mark, it seemed that the deadlock had finally been broken when Brozovic played a pass that allowed Ronaldo to find the back of the net. However, upon video review, the 38-year-old was deemed to have been in an offside position, negating the goal.

Alex Telles struck a powerful shot that rattled off the crossbar with the goalkeeper unable to stop it, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot going over the goal. Appeals for a penalty were dismissed after Sadio Mane fell in the penalty box.

On the opposing side, Nawaf Al-Aqidi executed a straightforward save, diving well to thwart an Ahmed Farhan attempt from outside the area. Although the Baghdad team posed minimal threat, the score remained level at halftime.

The second half mirrored the pattern of the first, with the yellow-clad team pressing and probing to exert pressure on the green-clad opponents. Seko Fofana made an effort to squeeze the ball into the net, while frustration grew when he missed another chance an hour into the match.

A pivotal moment occurred when Mane was fouled in the penalty area, resulting in the referee awarding a penalty kick. Ronaldo maintained his composure to convert the spot-kick, securing his fourth consecutive goal.

In the final minute, Al-Shorta had an opportunity as Farhan sprinted forward and attempted to lift the ball over the advancing Al-Aqidi from just inside the area. Al-Aqidi managed to get a hand to the ball, making a decisive save that ultimately secured the victory.

Al-Shorta made a total of six attempts to score a goal, while Al-Nassr managed to produce 15 attempts in their quest for a goal. Al-Nassr successfully navigated the added time to claim the win, bolstering their aspirations of lifting the Arab Club Champions Cup.


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