Welcome to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of the match between PSG and Saudi All-star XI, happening at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh.
FINAL SCORE - Saudi All-star XI 4 [(Ronaldo (34, 45+6), Jang (56), Talisca (90+4)] - 5 PSG [L. Messi (3), Marquinhos (43), Ramos (53), K. Mbappé (60), H. Ekitike (78)]
Player of the match - Cristiano Ronaldo
With that comes an end to this absolute goal fest! Nine goals scored in 90 minutes as PSG manages to brush past Saudi All-star XI.
TALISCA SCORES!! The Saudi Pro League leading goalscorer nets in a consolation goal. The number 94 lashes out a long range shot that goes past Donarumma with ease
Four added minutes
SO CLOSE!! Talisca does well inside the box as he cuts past two defender before finding Pereira outside the box. The latter puts in a lofted shot but it misses the goal by a whisker
Substitution for Saudi: Sami Al Naji replaces Salem Al Dawsari.
Free-kick for Saudi in a dangerous position and Talisca is ready to take it. Talisca goes for goal but the ball just brushed past the crossbar!
EIGHT GOALS!!! PSG was quick on the counter as Ekiteke gets a brilliant through ball just outside the penalty box. He takes a couple of steps in and places the ball past Alowais with a low-kept shot
Corner for Saudi. Al Dawsari tried a long ranger but the ball took deflection from a defender. Talisca takes the corner but nothing comes off it
CLOSE!!! Carrillo gets the ball deep inside the penalty box on the right and he puts in a low kept shot that goes past Donnarumma but the ball goes just wide
Vitinha on the left puts in a through ball which eludes the Saudi defense and blazes towards Ekiteke but a brilliant tackle from Jang averts danger
The pace of this game has taken a hit after the substitutions. 10-man PSG though, still holds a superior ball posession
An array of substitutions for both the sides. Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe are all taken off the field!
MBAPPE!!!! THIS IS TURNING OUT TO BE A GOAL FEST!! SEVEN GOALS IN TOTAL AND TEN-MAN PSG TAKES LEAD YET AGAIN!!
HANDBALL!!! Messi just outside the box put in a shot that goes directly towards Al Bulayhi and the Saudi international has handled the ball!!
AND IT IS 3-3! Jang is the scorer this time! Martinez took the corner and dished out an inch perfect cross inside the box. The Korean international headed it past Navas!!
SERGIO RAMOSSSS!!!! PSG TAKES LEAD YET AGAIN. Mbappe, deep inside the box on the left, cuts and turns towards Ramos and puts in a short pass. Ramos without any trouble taps it in!
What a save from Alowais!! Mbappe outside the box lashes out a powerful shot but Alowais jumps full length to punch it outside
Immediate counte from PSG. Messi gets the ball and its a one-on-one against Navas but the Argentinian is caught offside!
Corner for Saudi. Ronaldo takes it and puts in a curler but Navas Keeps the ball out
Ronaldo gets the ball rolling as Saudi looks to capitalise on the man advantage while PSG will look to penetrate the defense just as they have done throughout the first half
That concludes the first half and what an electrifying contest this has been. Messi and Ronaldo are on the scoresheet as scores are level at half time! PSG, although being a man down has pressed relentlessly and will look to continue the same going into the next half
RONALDOOOO!!! Navas does well to save an initial shot but Ronaldo is there to capitalise on the rebound. A brilliant left-footer from a crunch angle does the trick as Saudi equalise right at the stroke of half-time
Free kick for Saudi Season Team and Ronaldo takes it. It is within the Ronaldo-zone but he hits it directly towards the PSG wall!!
NEYMAR WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!! A lazy shot to the left and Alowais saves it without any trouble.
Mappe is down inside the box after a challenge from Al Bulaihi and the referee points towards the VAR monitor. PENALTY!!
MARQUINHOS MAKES IT 2-1!!! Mbappe on the left chips it inside the box as Marquinhos heads in past Alowais! Nothing exceptional but an error from the defense leads to the goal. But PSG will take it anyway
Brilliant counter from PSG. Neymar cuts through the Saudi midfield and passes it to Mbappe inside the box. One on one but Alowais saves it!!
Bernat pushes an unmarked Al Dawsari down and is shown straight red!! PSG players surround the referee but the decision stands!
PSG continues attacking relentlessly. Marquinhos’ pass finds Neymar and the latter then puts in a through ball. Mbappe runs past a couple of defenders to collect the ball on the right flank and tries to put in a pass but Alowais dives to save it
RONALDO MAKES IT 1-1!!! WHAT A MATCH IT IS TURNING OUT TO BE! Cool as a cucumber. The captain slots it into the left corner, Navas dives but the ball blazes past the Costa Rican
Free kick for the Saudi side and Martinez takes the kick. He puts in a lofted ball, Ronaldo jumps and Navas challenges him to deny him of a goal.. NOW WAIT A MINUTE! THE REFEREE POINTS TO THE SPOT! Replay shows Navas punching Ronaldo and it is a penalty
Finally an attack from the Saudi side. Martinez puts in a lofted ball inside the box directed towards Marega. The latter runs but Ramos marks him exceptionally to stop him in his tracks
Corner for PSG and Neymar takes it. He puts in a searcing cross but Alowais punches it away
OFFSIDE!!! Messi on the left puts in a long ball to find a running Mbappe. The latter breaks away and scores but is caught offside in the build up!
The Saudi side is just not able to control the PSG front three. Messi, Neymar and Mbappe are constantly exploiting the defense and yet another counter brews. Bernat gets the ball deep inside the box and tries for a back pass but Alowais deflects it as Ghanam clears it
Ronaldo’s no-look pass initiates the attack as he finds Abdulhamid. He in turn passes it to Al Dawsari on the left lane. A fght for posession on the right but Abdulhamid is caught offside in the end
Unlucky!! Neymar yet again, it hasn’t been his night so far. Mbappe from the edge of the box whipped out a curling cross towards Neymar but the Brazilian fails to get any touch as the ball goes out for a goal kick
Quick counter from PSG. Hakimi runs down the right flank and puts in a cross into the box. An unmarked Neymar gets the ball and tries to tap the ball in but Alowais does well to keep the ball out. The Saudi keeper had eyes on the ball throughout and that paid off
Saudi all-star has maintained ball posession for a while now and has now gotten a free-kick just outside the box. Ronaldo takes the kick and nothing happens
Messi from the defensive half puts in a through ball in an attempt to find Mbappe but Alowais comes in running and clears the ball away
Corner for PSG and it is take quickly. Neymar finds Mbappe on the left flank. The France international then finds Hakimi. Mbappe moves into the box and tries to finish but a timely tackle averts the danger
SAVED! Ronaldo in an one-on-one situation against former teammate Keylor Navas. Ronaldo lashes a low-kept long ranger but Navas dives to his right to keep the ball out!
PSG IS AHEAD AND WHO ELSE!!! MESSI CONTINUES HIS WORLD CUP FORM. Neymar gets possession and chips it inside the box. Messi puts in a late run and taps it past Alowais
PSG take things slow as the defense take posession of the ball. Sergio Ramos from the box finds Messi in the middle and the crowd erupts!
Mbappe gets his first touch of the match as PSG starts left to right
Messi, Ronado, Mbappe and an array of bigshots have taken the field. ‘Big B’ Amitabh Bachchan is at the venue and is accompanie by Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The King Fahd International stadium is jam packed and is under the lights.The players have lined up in the tunnel and are ready to take on the field.
We are just minutes away from this historic clash. Messi and Ronaldo go head to head for the first time since December 2020 when Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0.
Man of the hour!
Unofficial debut for the Number 7 - While tonight’s friendly will be Ronaldo’s first in Saudi Arabia, the 37-year-old’s first competitive appearance will come in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday when Al Nassr host Al Ettifaq.
Living upto its hype! - The highly anticipated showdown, which will take place at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, reportedly had more than two million online ticket requests. The bidding for a VIP “Beyond Imagination” ticket to the match has already topped 10 million riyals ($2.66 million) in an auction that happened on Tuesday.
PSG’s golden boy is all set for the clash
A new chapter in the celebrated rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will unfurl on Thursday when they meet in an exhibition match as the Portugal forward gears up for his first game in Saudi Arabia since joining Al Nassr.
After a glittering career in Europe that saw him win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid and two Scudettos at Juventus, Ronaldo signed for Al Nassr, describing it as the “right moment” to share his experience in Asia.
Ronaldo and Messi, who have dominated football’s debate about the greatest of all time (GOAT) for the best part of 10 years, will face off on the pitch on Thursday for the first time since December 2020 when Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0.
Ronaldo will lead Saudi All Star-XI, a team made up of players from Al Hilal and Al Nassr, against Messi’s Paris St Germain in the exhibition contest where nothing is at stake, but fans are still excited by the prospect of watching the two stars clash.
The exhibition game will also feature other key PSG players such as Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos and Neymar, while Saudi internationals Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored in the shock group-stage win over Argentina, and Saud Abdulhamid will play too.
French newspaper L’Equipe reported on Monday that PSG will earn just over 10 million euros for the game.
Where and where will the PSG vs Saudi All Star XI be played featuring Messi and Ronaldo?
The friendly between PSG and Saudi All Star XI, featuring greats Ronaldo and Messi, will be played at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The match is scheduled for an 10:30 pm IST kick-off.
Streaming information (India):
The PSG vs Saudi All Star XI match can be streamed live on PSG’s official Youtube channel (PSG - Paris Saint-Germain), PSG TV website (PSGTV) and PSG’s official Facebook handle on pay per view basis.
The match will also be streamed LIVE on Jio Cinemas for free. Stream starts at 10:30pm IST