LIVE – Al-Nassr-Ettifaq: Ronaldo wins for his first in the Saudi championship

LIVE – Al-Nassr-Ettifaq: Ronaldo wins for his first in the Saudi championship

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Ronaldo all smiles on the lawn

CR7 displays a broad smile on the lawn. The new captain of Al-Nassr congratulates his partners and exchanges a hug with his coach Rudi Garcia. Fans chant his name. Even if he did not score, the five-time Ballon d’Or made a good impression for his baptism in the Saudi championship.

It’s over, Al-Nassr wins for the first of Ronaldo (1-0)

Cristiano Ronaldo takes victory for his first in the Saudi championship under the orders of Rudi Garcia. Al-Nassr won 1-0 against Al-Ettifaq thanks to a goal scored on the half hour mark by Anderson Talisca. Al-Nassr regains the lead in the standings ahead of Al-Hilal.

Ball too deep for Ronaldo

CR7 makes a good call in the area but the ball addressed to him is much too deep. The Portuguese striker smiles and encourages his partner. A very nice picture.

Al-Nassr holds his victory for now

CR7 and his family still lead 1-0 with less than ten minutes remaining.

Ronaldo’s devastating hook, which leaves his opponent on the floor

CR7 lands a searing hook into the box. The Al-Ettifaq defender falls to the ground, totally beaten. The stadium salutes the class gesture of the Portuguese, even if the action ultimately yielded nothing.

Ronaldo attempts an acrobatic recovery

Upon receiving a center in the area, CR7 tries an acrobatic recovery but he does not touch the ball and fouls his opponent.

Very solid weaver in the axis

Marcel Tisserand performs well on the lawn of Al-Nassr. The Al-Ettifaq defender (30), born in France and Congolese international, is very solid in the central hinge. The former Monaco and Toulouse removes many hot balls and responds well to the duel against CR7.

The rhythm drops a little

After a real highlight, Al-Nassr has been less sharp for a few minutes. The match is picking up in intensity.

Al-Nassr makes his first changes

Rudi Garcia changes his line of attack a bit, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.

Talisca’s big strike, Al-Nassr pushes hard

After a good job by Ronaldo, who made a small stepover and a dribble behind the supporting leg, Talisca landed a powerful shot in front of the box. The goalkeeper of Al-Ettifaq diverts. Al-Nassr is close to taking the break in front of his home crowd.

Ronaldo’s cross for Martinez’s volley

CR7 overflows on the left side and sends a good center for Martinez, who sees his recovery taken away by the goalkeeper. Al-Nassr pushes under the impetus of his new Portuguese captain.

Vitinho’s free kick flies into the stands

The Al-Ettifaq striker takes care of a well-placed free kick but his shot is clearly above.

Ronaldo’s deflected strike

CR7 strikes at the entrance to the surface, left side, and tries a shot from afar. But his attempt is blocked for a corner.

Ronaldo swaps with his partners

CR7 has not touched the ball too much since the start of the second period. The Portuguese striker deserts the axis to swap with his offensive partners. Without much success so far.

The recovery is a bit messy

The two teams multiply the technical inaccuracies upon returning from the locker room.

It’s time for the second period!

The match resumes between Al-Nassr and Al-Ettifaq in the sweetness of Riyadh. 1-0 for the team of Cristiano Ronaldo, who leads thanks to a header from the Brazilian Anderson Talisca, the top scorer in the Saudi championship.

The match to follow live on RMC Sport 1 and the RMC Sport Twitch channel

In addition to our live text, you can also follow the second period by tuning into RMC Sport 1 or the RMC Sport Twitch channel.

It’s half time, 1-0 for Al-Nassr

It’s the break at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh. Al-Nassr lead 1-0 against Al-Ettifaq for Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in the Saudi league. Brazilian Anderson Talisca opened the scoring after half an hour with a header. CR7 was present on the action. This result allows for the moment the team of Rudi Garcia to regain the lead in the standings ahead of Al-Hilal, its great rival.

Ronaldo free on the front of the attack

Rudi Garcia seems to leave a lot of freedom to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese striker roams the entire front of the attack, even if he is most often in the axis.

Vitinho unscrews his strike

Big rush from Niakaté in the defense of Al-Nassr, he serves Vitinho in the area, but his shot is completely unscrewed. Still 1-0 for Al-Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team.

CR7 monopolizes the attention, its partners take advantage of it

Al-Ettifaq defenders are logically focused on Ronaldo’s moves. His partners take advantage of this to stand out around him.

Talisca sanctioned, Ronaldo disputes

Talisca is penalized for pushing an Al-Ettifaq defender. Ronaldo protests, explaining to the referee that his partner played with the shoulder. CR7 is very involved in his role as captain.

The strike next to Niakaté

The Al-Ettifaq striker infiltrates the box but completely misses his shot.

Ronaldo’s first free-kick above

CR7 takes care of a free kick well placed at the entrance to the surface but his attempt goes well above.

Al-Nassr regains championship lead

Talisca’s goal allows Al-Nassr to regain the lead in front of Al-Hilal for the moment.

Talisca opens the scoring for Al-Nassr (1-0)

The Brazilian Anderson Talisca finds the fault by taking a good cross from the head. The top scorer in the Saudi league unblocks the situation and receives congratulations from Cristiano Ronaldo, who had jumped alongside him trying to deflect the ball. 1-0 for Al-Nassr.

Few opportunities to get your teeth into

As half an hour approached, Al-Nassr dominated the game, without really managing to be dangerous. Al-Ettifaq has not had any interesting situation so far. The show is quite sluggish even if the stadium is ready to ignite.

Fans send inflatable balls with Ospina jerseys

Al-Nassr supporters release yellow and blue inflatable balls with David Ospina’s (injured) shirts hanging into the sky at King Saud University Stadium.

Mild weather in Riyadh

It is mild in the capital of Saudi Arabia at the start of the year. The match is played with a thermometer displaying about fifteen degrees.

A first yellow card for Al-Ettifaq

Saeed Al Mowalad, defender of Al-Ettifaq, is warned for an intervention too muscular.

Ronaldo and Tisserand cling in the box

Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcel Tisserand engage in a manly duel in the area of ​​Al-Ettifaq. The two men find themselves on the ground. The referee does not flinch.

Martinez a little clumsy

Argentinian Pity Martinez, who plays in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, loses a lot of balls at the start of the match. He has not yet managed to serve his new captain in good conditions.

Al-Nassr confiscates the ball

Cristiano Ronaldo’s team have 67% possession on their pitch. Without managing to create huge opportunities for the moment.

Al-Nassr’s kop gives voice

The ultras of Al-Nassr are heard in their tribune located behind one of the goals. A thrill runs through the stadium every time Ronaldo touches the ball. The Portuguese has just distinguished himself by clearing a ball from his head in his area.

A duel of French coaches

Al-Nassr is coached by Rudi Garcia, Al-Ettifaq is coached by Patrice Carteron.

Alamri’s head countered

Alamri, the defender of Al-Nassr places a header from a corner but the ball is blocked by a defender.

Ronaldo’s first attempt

CR7 tries his luck at the entrance to the area but his powerful shot is diverted for a corner by Tisserand.

Al-Nassr can take the championship lead

If Ronaldo’s teammates win against Al-Ettifaq, they will temporarily take the lead ahead of Al-Hilal. The start of the match was quite tight, with Al-Nassr dominating.

Ronaldo looks very motivated

CR7 looks sharp for its big premiere in the Saudi championship. The fivefold Golden Ball moves a lot and tries to make itself available in these first minutes.

Ronaldo in centre-forward position

Cristiano Ronaldo is aligned at the forefront by Rudi Garcia. The Portuguese striker wears the captain’s barassard. Al-Nassr players play in blue and yellow. Their opponents are in green, white and red.

Let’s go for Ronaldo’s premiere with Al-Nassr

The match has just started between Al-Nassr and Al-Ettifaq!

The stadium of Al-Nassr boiling for the entry of the teams

Al-Nassr supporters make a lot of noise to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo and his partners. Big atmosphere at King Saud University Stadium, where nearly 25,000 people took place for the premiere of CR7 in the Saudi championship.

We remind you that the match is to follow for free on the Twitch RMC Sport

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The players enter the field

Big atmosphere in the stands, with smoke cracked by local supporters.

Ronaldo joked with Ngannou over the weekend

In a video posted on social networks, Cristiano Ronaldo showed up over the weekend with fighter Francis Ngannou. All smiles, the two men challenged each other fist to fist.

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Francis Ngannou and Cristiano Ronaldo © Twitter francis_ngannou

Titular weaver with Al-Ettifaq

Patrice Cateron, the French coach of Al-Ettifaq, has chosen to start Marcel Tisserand in defense. On the other hand, Naïm Sliti is not on the score sheet.

Ronaldo captained on his first outing with Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is well established by Rudi Garcia, who even gave him the captain’s armband. On the other hand, Alvaro Gonzalez and Luiz Gustavo are absent.

Sliti, Tisserand… what awaits CR7 for his first match with Al-Nassr

Three days after facing PSG in a friendly (4-5), Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first official match with Al-Nassr against Al-Ettifaq (to follow from 6:30 p.m. on RMC Sport 1 and on Twitch). The opportunity to find out what the Saudi championship is worth.

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Cristiano Ronaldo with his new shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo with his new shirt. © Iconsport

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