Ronaldo helps Al-Nassr defeat Al-Fateh, 2-1 in the Saudi Pro League

A sea of spectators at the King Saud Stadium in Riyadh witnessed a thrilling match on Saturday night between Al-Nassr and Al-Fateh. Cristiano Ronaldo and Otavio’s stunning strikes powered Al Nassr to mark an entertaining victory and add two more points to their kitty.

This was Al-Nassr’s fifth in a row league match win. Al-Nassr (49) is now trailing by only four points to table topper Al-Hilal (54), which won 17 out of 19 games. Al-Hilal have been unbeaten this season, so far. While two games ended as a tie.

Al-Nassr dominated the game from the start as the opening goal came in the 17 minute when Sultan Al-Ghannam’s right-side low pass to Christiano Ronaldo was converted into a goal. The Portugus star hit the nets very coolly striking the ball into the bottom corner to register his 21st league goal this season.

Bouncing back, Al-Fateh leveled the scores just before the half-hour. Salem Al Najdi’s fiery kick entered the top corner of the goal post as goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah failed to understand what the 21-year-old did. His reaction clearly showed that Al-Nassr is going to have a tough time ahead as their regular goal Nawaf Al-Aqidi is currently serving a ban imposed by the federation after national team coach Roberto Mancini questioned his actions and commitment. Their backup goalkeeper David Ospina is also injured that have raised concerns among the management.

Fans also raised eyebrows when Al-Ghannam and Otavio went off late in the game. In the second half of the game, Al-Fateh missed a chance to score when Djaniny’s close-range shot went straight into the hands of Al-Najjar. Launching continuous attacks at the visitors, Al-Ghannam broke down the right and made a perfect pass to Otavio, who encashed the opportunity and brought back the lead for his side.

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