·26 January 2023
·26 January 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to prevent Al-Nassr from being knocked out of the Saudi Super Cup on Thursday evening.
The Portuguese international was in the starting lineup for his side’s match against Al-Ittihad at King Fahd International Stadium.
Ronaldo was no doubt looking to get off the mark in his second appearance for his new club.
But Ronaldo was unable to get on the scoresheet as his side lost 3-1.
Al-Ittihad went into the break with a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Romarinho and Abderrazak Hamdallah.
Al-Nassr came battling back in the second half and Talisca was able to halve the deficit with 23 minutes remaining.
But the home side held on and Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti’s goal in the fourth minute of stoppage-time secured their progression to the final.
Ronaldo cut a dejected figure for much of the match against Al-Ittihad.
He found goalscoring opportunities few and far between, but he would be disappointed that he did not get on the scoresheet at the end of the first half.
Ronaldo threw himself at a cross but his powerful header from close range was saved by the goalkeeper.
Moments later, Al-Ittihad countered and doubled their advantage.
Ronaldo looked dejected as he made his way off the pitch.
And his mood wasn’t helped as Al-Ittihad fans taunted him with ‘Messi!’ chants. View the moment below…
Ronaldo has endured a frustrating start to life in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old is goalless in his opening two matches for his new club.
His side have been knocked out of the Super Cup and he’s also being taunted by fans.
He will be hoping to get off the mark in Al-Nassr’s next match, which comes against Al-Fateh on Friday February 3.
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