In the 52nd minute, when the score was 0-0, Al Sulaiheem broke into the penalty area and was stepped on by a player on Al Taee’s side. After consulting VAR, the referee awarded Al Nassr a penalty. From a distance of 11 meters, Cristiano Ronaldo kicked a cold kick into the far left corner. The home team’s goalkeeper guessed in the right direction but could not save.
Al Nassr took the lead after a deadlocked first half while Ronaldo scored his 13th goal in 14 appearances in the Saudi Arabian league this season. With the remaining 3 matches, CR7 is difficult to catch up with the top goalscorer in the current SPL, Abderrazak Hamdallah with 20 goals for Al Ittihad.
Ronaldo’s successful penalty kick helped Al Nassr completely control the game. In the 80th minute, Anderson Talisca took advantage of the mistake of the defense of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Musa’ed to score a goal to increase the score to 2-0. Al Taee struggled to rise for the remaining minutes but failed to create a remarkable opportunity.
While Ronaldo and his teammates won 3 points, in the match at the same time, Al Ittihad was held 2-2 by Al Hilal in the final minutes of injury time of the second half. The chance to win the championship flashed again with Ronaldo and his teammates when they were only 3 points behind Al Ittihad while the season had 3 rounds left.
Tuan Nguyen | 05:08 05/17/2023