Ronaldo scored only goal as Al Nassr reach Arab Cup final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored only goal as Al Nassr beat Al Shorta to reach the Arab Cup 2023 final for the first time in three decades.

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Ronaldo continued to shine for his side at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium against a resilient Al Shorta in the Arab Cup semifinal.

He grabbed four goals in four starts for Al Nassr in the Arab Club Champions Cup.

Ronaldo’s Al Nassr struggle to beat Al Shorta

Al-Nassr made it to the semifinals of the regional competition for the first time since the turn of the century.

The last time the Saudi club was at this competition stage was in 1995, when they lost to fellow Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal after a penalty shootout.

Ronaldo scored from penalty to put Al Nassr in Arab Cup final
Ronaldo scored from penalty to put Al Nassr in Arab Cup final

This time, Ronaldo made sure they would avoid repeating the disappointment.

Al Nassr was in control for most of the game, but it failed to make the most of its dominance.

Former Real Madrid and Man United forward Ronaldo thought he could break the deadlock when he put the ball in the back of the net in the first half, but the referee called it an off-side.

Ronado and Sadio Mane-min
Ronado and Sadio Mane-min

It took the Saudi Pro League side quite late in the second half to score the match-winning goal. New signing winger Sadio Mane danced his way through the Al Shorta defence before he was brought down.

The referee initially didn’t give a penalty but relented after consulting with the VAR. Ronaldo stepped up and did what he was best at as the Portugal striker converted from the spot to give his side the lead, which proved to be enough in the end.

Al Nassr will take on the Saudi winner club in the final on Saturday, which will be decided in the second semifinals to be played between Al-Hilal and Al-Shabab.

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