Al-Nassr: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in less than 45 minutes

By Jean Lootcheby Clysto

Al-Nassr destroyed Abha Club (0-8) this Tuesday as part of the 26th day of the Saudi Pro League. Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mané, who between them scored half of the goals in the match, only needed one half to put the Yellows and Blues on the right track.

It was the hit of the evening. Simultaneously at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Al-Nassr did not do well against Abha Club, while the undefeated leader Al-Hilal of Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly and Moroccan Yassine Bounou dominated Al-Okhdoud in mastery (3-0). The SPL runners-up made it easy in the first half thanks to their attackers Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mané.

Mané still decisive

The Portuguese scored a double in 10 minutes (11th, 21st) before putting the Senegalese into orbit for the 3-0 shortly after the half-hour mark. Perfectly shifted to the left following a high recovery, the five-time Ballon Gold caught the ball in a sprint on the edge of the goal post for a back pass towards Mané. The opposing goalkeeper relaxed at the near post to push the leather into the feet of the Lion who only had to finish in the empty goal (33rd). The former Messin thus scored his 10th achievement in the league, three days after having provided a double assist for a 5-1 victory on Sunday against Al-Taï.

Sadio Mane’s goal! Cristiano’s assist.

CR7 finally scored the hat-trick in the 42nd minute, then allowed his team to go into the break with a victory by signing, this time, his ninth assist in the league for Al-Sulaiheem (0-5, 44th). Author of a full match and given the score more than comfortable, he was replaced at half-time in the same way as his friend Mané, both of whom were spared in view of the trip to Damac on Friday, but especially the clash with Al-Hilal in the semi-finals of the Saudi Arabian Super Cup next Monday.

In the second half, Abdulrahman Ghareeb (51st) and Mané’s replacement, Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa, author of a double (63rd, 86th), completed the Riyadh’s demonstration. Al-Nassr retains its place as runner-up, 12 lengths behind Al-Hilal, who is heading towards his 19th championship title.