With a double from Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr took over Al Ahli (4-3) this Friday, on the occasion of the 7th day of the Saudi Pro League.
The long-awaited clash of the 7th day of the Saudi Pro League, between Al-Nassr and Al-Ahli this Friday in Riyadh, kept all its promises. In a meeting marked by intensity and suspense, it was Sadio Mané’s gang who finally had the last word by winning 4-3. A valuable success for the Saudi Arabian vice-champions, who moved up to 5th place in the rankings, tied with their evening opponent.
Stirring at the start of the game, Sadio Mané launched the hostilities with an assist to Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quick to beat Edouard Mendy (4th). Apart from a yellow card severely received for an outburst, the Lion of Teranga was more discreet thereafter, leaving Talisca (17th, 45th+6) and CR7 (52nd) to score a double against a Mendy who had a difficult evening.
However, Al-Ahli never gave up, and Ivorian Franck Kessié reduced the gap to 2-1 in the 30th minute, followed by a penalty converted by Riyad Mahrez to make it 3-2 in the return . locker rooms (50th). The Algerian then served Brikan beautifully for the decisive goal in the 87th minute. He also delivered a free kick to the head of a colleague which found the crossbar. Unfortunately for Al-Ahli, the much-hoped-for equalizer never arrived, conceding their second defeat of the season.
For its part, Al-Nassr has a fifth consecutive victory in the league, despite Sadio Mané who has not found the net since the fourth day. Perhaps success will smile on him next Monday, when he travels to the Uhud pitch in the round of 16 of the King of Champions Cup.