The football team from Al Nassr kept up its winning streak and proved to its longtime rival, Al Hilal, who is currently atop the league rankings, that it is a serious contender for the league championship.
The third day of the Saudi Professional League’s 19th round concluded on Saturday with Al Nassr defeating Al Taawoun 4-1 at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia.
Al Hilal leads the league with 53 points, but Al Nassr has cut the distance to seven points with him, climbing to 46 points.
Al Nassr overcame their host, Al Taawoun, who had taken the lead early on thanks to a penalty goal from Ashraf El Mahdioui in the 13th minute.
Nawaf Al Aqidi, the goalie for Al Nassr, did, however, initially stop the penalty kick before El Mahdioui scored on the rebound.
When Al Nassr’s captain and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, was given an early yellow card, things looked difficult at first.
However, Marcelo Brozović of Al Nassr soon equalized, and just before the half ended, Spanish defender Aymeric Laporte scored the second goal.
Otávio, a Portuguese player, gave Al Nassr the lead early in the second half. Cristiano Ronaldo, the club captain, then clinched the victory in the second minute of stoppage time.
Five minutes before the end, Al Shabab’s young striker Abdullah Radif scored the game’s only goal to seal the victory.
This victory elevated Al Shabab’s confidence and saw them jump to eleventh place with 21 points. Al Wehda, on the other hand, still has 25 points and is in ninth place.