Al Nassr 4-1 Al Riyadh Highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and assists for Saudi Pro League side

NAS vs RYD: Read the highlights of the Saudi Pro League match between Al Nassr and Al Riyadh, which was played at the Al-Awwal Park Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Updated : Dec 09, 2023 01:43 IST

Soccer Football - Saudi Pro League - Al Hilal v Al Nassr - King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 1, 2023
Al Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Al Hilal's Saud Abdulhamid REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri
Soccer Football - Saudi Pro League - Al Hilal v Al Nassr - King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 1, 2023 Al Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Al Hilal's Saud Abdulhamid REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri | Photo Credit: Ahmed Yosri

Soccer Football - Saudi Pro League - Al Hilal v Al Nassr - King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 1, 2023 Al Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Al Hilal's Saud Abdulhamid REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri | Photo Credit: Ahmed Yosri

Welcome to Sportstar’s live blog of the Saudi Pro League match between Al Nassr and Al Riyadh, which was at the Al-Awwal Park Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • December 09, 2023 01:24
    90+4’ Talisca scores his second of the night!

    Al Nassr piles more misery on Riyadh, with Ghanam delivering a cross from the right. Ronaldo attracts two defenders towards him, releasing Talisca, who finds his second goal of the night with a clinical header.

  • December 09, 2023 01:21

    The story of this match has been dominated by Al Nassr overloading the Riyadh half with its attacks but second half substitutions have added some fire for the visitors, thanks to Gray’s goal. 

  • December 09, 2023 01:16

    Ghareeb makes a run along the left, waits for Ronaldo to release the ball, and then sets him up. Ronaldo shoots just off-target. 

  • December 09, 2023 01:13

    Ronaldo tries to make a run along the flanks and almost gets a long ball when Asiri runs in to clear the ball and catches Ronaldo on the follow-up. The Portuguese forward goes down clinching his shin. 

  • December 09, 2023 01:09

    Sadio Mane makes a run along the right flank this time and lobs a ball for Ronaldo, who fails to keep the ball on target. However, the linesman raises the flag for off-side.

  • December 09, 2023 01:08

    Otavio makes a solo run from the midfield, with the ball stuck to his feet. Musona tries to stop him but fails as the Portuguese barges into the box. Toure finally catches up on him but Otavio still shoots, with the ball ending up in the side-net.

  • December 09, 2023 01:07

    Al Nass’s defence is now being tested really well with Lajami forcing out a corner. A goal from here for Riyadh can change the way things are but Laporte’s clearance makes sure the hosts remain in control. 

  • December 09, 2023 01:05

    Andre Gray and Juanmi look to combine in the final third for Riyadh after the visitors get the ball into the final third. Gray’s cross is overshot as Nassr tracks back on time.

  • December 09, 2023 01:03

    The match looks to have taken a new shape here, after the substitution of Gray. He is making forward runs with every long ball, forcing Al Nassr to keep its lower block alert.

  • December 09, 2023 00:59
    68’ Al Riyadh pulls one back!

    Al Riyadh attacks on the counter, with Juanmi setting up substitute Andre Gray. The former Watford and Burnley forward finishes expertly past Nawaf to end the chance of a clean sheet for the hosts.

  • December 09, 2023 00:57
    67’ Talisca finally converts!

    Sadio Mane gets the cross from the right, waits to release the ball on time and delivers a low cross for Talisca, who guides the ball home with his first touch.

  • December 09, 2023 00:56

    Ronaldo gets the ball in the final third, beats his marker and then delays a shot, as he was in an off-side position. He tries to set-up Talisca, whose shot is off-target.

  • December 09, 2023 00:52

    The Portuguese pair is at it again. Otavio dribbles into the box and tries to set up Ronaldo, who is just short of reaching the ball for a short on target.

  • December 09, 2023 00:49

    Campana looks to be struggling with his fitness after the clash with Mane and has been forced to walk out of the game. Najjar replaces him close to the hour mark.

  • December 09, 2023 00:47

    Al Nassr is maintaining a high-line and that catches Al-Abbas unaware and he rules himself off-side to end another chance for Riyadh to cause problems for Al Nassr.

  • December 09, 2023 00:43

    Al Nassr tries the long ball approach with Brozovic delivering a long ball for Mane, who collides with Campana to end that attack and Riyadh gets a free-kick.

  • December 09, 2023 00:39
    Second half begins!

    Riyadh tries to shift gears after restart with Rashidi making a forward run. However he gets caught in the off-side trap to end that attack.

  • December 09, 2023 00:20
    Half-Time! Al Nassr 2-0 Al Riyadh

    An all-round performance by Cristiano Ronaldo, with a goal and an assist, sees the host Al Nassr stay two goals ahead at the break.

  • December 09, 2023 00:18
    45+3’ Ronaldo assists the second as Otavio scores!

    Cristiano Ronaldo marches into the box with the ball, side-steps a defender and then flicks it to the centre as Otavio rushes in. The Portuguese midfielder heads the ball into the net, past Campana.

  • December 09, 2023 00:17
    Riyadh almost equalises!

    Al Riyadh catches the hosts naping with Rashidi playing in a lofted ball for Saleh Al-Abbas, who curls the ball past Nawaf to score. It is then that the linesman douses his celebration with a raised flag.

  • December 09, 2023 00:15

    Another cross from Mane and another header by Ronaldo. The routine looks so very well-practised before the game that Riyadh has no answer to something which has come thrice in the game so far.

    Fortunately, for the visitors, the header is off-target.

  • December 09, 2023 00:12

    ’Mane makes a run along the left flak, tries to aim a cross for Ronaldo by Shuwayyi keeps his footing in spot to deny Mane any space and concedes a corner. The attack finally ends when Otavio shoots off-target, with a pass after the corner is played in.

  • December 09, 2023 00:11

    Al Riyadh looks to have come into the match with the sole purpose of parking the bus, with hardly any attacking run by it. Al Nassr, on the other hand, has knocked on the doors of its opposition almost every couple of minutes.

  • December 09, 2023 00:08

    Riyadh looks to be chasing shadows as Al Nassr tries to drag its opponent out of its half with small back-passes. Almost immediately, Nassr attacks, with Fofana, Mane and Talisca in the box but Campana gloves the ball to end that development.

  • December 09, 2023 00:01
    31’ Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Al Nassr!

    Mane delivers a similar cross in the very next minute and this time the Portugal legend does not miss with a studded shot into the net and the flag stays down.

  • December 09, 2023 00:01
    31’ Chance after chance after chance!

    Mane continues to keep the left flank perennial of atacks, with yet another cross and this time a towering Ronaldo meets it with his head but fails to keep it on target.

  • December 09, 2023 00:00
    29’ Another chance for Al Nassr!

    Mane makes a run along the left flank and crosses to his right for Laporte, who fails to meet it well enough for a goal and another chance goes begging for the hosts.

  • December 08, 2023 23:59

    While the first one is blocked for another corner, the second one has Brozovic sailing in the ball and the header is saved wonderfully by Campana to deny a certain goal.

  • December 08, 2023 23:58

    Shuwayyi’s defensive error lets Ahmed win the ball, who tries to get it to Mane. But the final shot ends in a corner.

  • December 08, 2023 23:55

    Talisca and Ronaldo try to play out a practice ground routine, with the former passing the ball to Ronaldo, who tries to shoot on target but his shot hits one of the red shirts.

  • December 08, 2023 23:54
    23’ Penalty for Al Nassr?

    Talisca tries to side-step the defence and enter the box but is fouled by Asiri. The hosts appeal for a penalty but the referee gives a free-kick right in front of the box.

  • December 08, 2023 23:52
    21’ Ronaldo’s shot saved yet again!

    This time Ronaldo takes the free-kick himself. His bullet of a shot beats the wall but is somehow saved by Campana and then cleared by Toure.

  • December 08, 2023 23:51
    20’ Another booking for Riyadh!

    Otavio tries to dance past the defence and Fahad Al Rashidi gets him with a late challenge. He gets into the book right away.

  • December 08, 2023 23:49

    Al Nassr gets a free-kick as Otavio is fouled in front of the box. Ronaldo steps up to take the free-kick but then leaves it for Talisca, whose right-footed curler hits the wall.

  • December 08, 2023 23:47

    The referee has a look at the monitor and then does not give a goal. What a defensive effort by the Mali midfielder!

  • December 08, 2023 23:43
    12’ A goal-line clearance of Ronaldo’s goal!

    Al Nassr gets a corner which is taken by Brozovic. The Croat passes to Otavio, who crosses for Ronaldo. The Portuguese, lands the ball well on his feet, wait and then shoots on target. Though Toure looks to have cleared it, it is being checked by VAR.

    After a VAR check, the referee chooses to go and have a look on the monitor.

  • December 08, 2023 23:40
    9’ Another chance for Al Nassr!

    Ghanam makes a run along the right flank set up Fofana, who shoots right at Campana to force a reflex save by the visiting keeper.

  • December 08, 2023 23:38

    Brozovic, Mane and Otavio try to drag Riyadh out of its penalty box, but the final cross from Ghanam is cleared by Riyadh, which looks to have chosen the defensive approach against its higher-placed opponent.

  • December 08, 2023 23:36
    5’ Khalid Bin Shuwayyi warned

    Riyadh gets a chance from the set-piece with a corner kick. Nassr’s defence clears it with an attempt to attack against the run of play. Khalid Bin Shuwayyi tries to stop Mane’s run and ends up getting booked.

  • December 08, 2023 23:34

    Al Nassr’s attack is forcing Riyadh to stay in its own half as Men in White march in numbers, desperate to draw first blood.

  • December 08, 2023 23:32
    1’ Chance for Al Nassr!

    Al Nassr starts the match on the offensive with Ronaldo starting the counter attack. He gets the ball to Fofana, who crosses to Talisca. Talisca sets up Mane, whose shot into the net is ruled out for off-side.

  • December 08, 2023 23:30
    Kick Off!

    The match begins! Al Nassr starts from left to right while Riyadh FC starts from the other end. Thehosts start in their white kit while Riyadh is in red.

  • December 08, 2023 23:28
    Minutes to kick-off!

    The players walk out of the tunnel and line-up for the anthem. Talisca, Mane and Otavio will pull strings in attack while Ronaldo will play the role of a sole striker.

  • December 08, 2023 23:05
    Form guide

    Al Nassr: W W D L D

    Al Riyadh: L L D W D

  • December 08, 2023 23:04
    Al Riyadh starting XI!

    Campana - Khaibari, Asri, Arslanagic, Shuwayyi - Toure, Rashidi - Al-Dossary, Ndong, Shehri - Al-Abbas

  • December 08, 2023 22:31
    Starting line-up of Al Nassr!
  • December 08, 2023 22:05
    Match Preview

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr will look to resume its pursuit to win its first Saudi Pro League title when it plays Al Riyadh at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on Friday.

    Al Nassr suffered its first loss since August to its arch-rival Al Hilal and has struggled for form lately, with two draws and a loss in its last three games. Against a side placed 11 spots below it in the league table, it will look to improve that at home.

    Nassr will miss its full-backs Alex Telles and Nawaf Al-Boushail, who are both out injuries. The team, on the other hand, will expect its captain Ronaldo to get back on the scoresheet.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who had a goal contribution in every match for Al Nassr since October, has failed to impress in the last two matches.

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