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Ronaldo Secures First Al-Nassr Title in Arab Club Final

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Ronaldo Secures First Al-Nassr Title in Arab Club Final

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable performance has led Al-Nassr to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Al-Hilal in the Arab Club Champions Cup. The match, held at the King Fahd Sports City stadium, saw Ronaldo scoring twice in extra time, guiding his team to their first-ever championship in the tournament.

Champions of Arab 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Vvo67xICtX

— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) August 12, 2023

Ronaldo had a trophy-less season in his previous year with Al-Nassr, who finished as runners-up in the Saudi Pro League. Despite this, the 38-year-old made a significant impact by scoring six goals in the competition, earning him the top scorer title.

The golden winners 🌟🌟 pic.twitter.com/1uhVaxEk8l

— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) August 13, 2023


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The game remained goalless until the second half when Al-Hilal’s Malcom set up Brazilian teammate Michael for a header that put Al-Hilal in the lead. Michael celebrated by mimicking Ronaldo’s iconic goal celebration, adding a touch of drama to the match.

Ronaldo’s response was swift and impactful. He equalized for Al-Nassr in the 74th minute, capitalizing on a precise low cross from Sultan Al-Ghannam. This marked his fifth consecutive game with a goal and ignited his team’s fighting spirit.

Despite Al-Nassr’s defender Abdulelah Al-Amri being sent off and Nawaf Boushal being dismissed from the bench due to an argument with an official, the team held on, forcing the match into extra time. In extra time, Ronaldo’s brilliance continued. He seized a rebound off the crossbar and executed a header that found the net, securing Al-Nassr’s lead.

However, amidst the celebration, there was a concern. Ronaldo was forced to leave the field due to a possible injury from a collision during the second period of extra time. This injury raised uncertainty about his availability for Al-Nassr’s upcoming Saudi Pro League opener against Al-Ettifaq, just two days away.

The Arab Club Champions Cup is a prestigious tournament featuring top clubs from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. It’s a platform to showcase the finest Arab football talent and foster regional competition. The match highlighted Ronaldo’s exceptional skills and Al-Nassr’s determination. Their star-studded lineup, including recent signings Sadio Mane, Seko Fofana, and Marcelo Brozovic, created several scoring opportunities in the first half, only to be denied by Al-Hilal’s goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais.


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