After a string of three matches without a win, Al Nassr bounced back with a victory, thanks to the stellar performance of Cristiano Ronaldo. This match marked Ronaldo’s 1,200th career soccer appearance. The Portuguese star scored the first goal of the game and assisted Otavio just before halftime. In the second half, Anderson Talisca scored twice to secure the win for Al Nassr.
In the first 45 minutes, Al Nassr dominated the game and deserved a bigger lead at halftime. However, a controversial moment occurred in the 13th minute when an Al Riyadh defender blocked Ronaldo’s shot with his hand, but the referee did not award a penalty despite viewing the play on the monitor. This decision visibly angered Ronaldo, but he managed to score the first goal in the 32nd minute with a superb cross from Sadio Mane. Just before halftime, Ronaldo set up Otavio for another goal with a spectacular individual move.
In the second half, Anderson Talisca took charge and scored two goals for Al Nassr. Sadio Mane provided the assist for the first goal, and Talisca headed home the fourth goal just before the final whistle. Al Riyadh managed to score a consolation goal with an assist from substitute Juanmi, resulting in a goal by Andre Gray.
Overall, Al Nassr’s victory was a result of Ronaldo’s outstanding performance in his 1,200th career appearance, along with contributions from Otavio, Anderson Talisca, and Sadio Mane. Despite the controversial decision regarding the penalty, Al Nassr emerged victorious and put an end to their winless streak.
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