For the first time, Ronaldo won a trophy with AI-Nassr

  • Ronaldo won a trophy for AI-Nassr for the first time

The Portuguese super star, Cristiano Ronaldo, helped the club win the Arab Champions Club trophy for the first time, after scoring two goals in the game.

Al Nassr beat Saudi rivals Al-Hilal 2-1 after extra time on Saturday despite playing for more than an hour with just 10 men.

Brazilian winger Michael headed Al-Hilal in front early in the second half before Al Nassr were reduced to 10 players for a last-man foul by Abdulelah Al-Amri in the 71st minute.

But Ronaldo equalized to force extra time before netting again to complete a dramatic turnaround.

Summer signings Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic all featured for Al-Hilal, while Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic and Alex Telles started for Al Nassr.

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AI-Nassr celebrating. Photo credit: Twitter

Salem Al-Dawsari had the first chance of the game but ballooned a shot high and wide under pressure from two Al Nassr defenders.

Al-Hilal keeper Mohammed Alowais then pulled off a superb save to deny Brozovic his first goal for Al Nassr following a fine cross by Mane.

Alowais was called upon on two more occasions before half-time. He kept out a powerful 20-yard effort from Abdullah Al Khaibari before thwarting Ronaldo from close range.

After being second best during the first half, Al-Hilal took the lead five minutes into the second period.

Michael opened the scoring with a diving header before imitating Ronaldo’s famous ‘SIU’ goal celebration. Ronaldo would later respond.

Al Nassr’s hopes of a comeback appeared to be fading when center-back Al-Amri was dismissed.

But Al Nassr defied their numerical disadvantage to draw level almost immediately after going down to 10 men when Sultan Al-Ghannam’s low cross set up Ronaldo, who celebrated by waving is finger directly at Michael.

Ekene Njoku

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