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Al-Nassr 3-0 Al-Akhdoud: Ronaldo's second-half brace inspires victory
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Al-Nassr 3-0 Al-Akhdoud: Ronaldo's second-half brace inspires victory

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning 40-yard lob as part of a quick-fire second-half double to help Al-Nassr beat Al-Akhdoud 3-0 in the Saudi Pro League.

The Portugal star chested down a loose ball and expertly lofted home from distance in the 80th minute after opposition goalkeeper Paulo Vitor raced out to clear the initial danger.

Ronaldo's eye-catching finish was his 15th goal of the season and came just three minutes after he had doubled his side's lead.

The 38-year-old's first of the evening was a powerful finish from a tight angle following a fine touch to kill a dropping ball.

Victory for second-placed Al-Nassr was their 11th from 14 games this term to move them a point behind leaders Al-Hilal.

Midfielder Sami Al Naji opened the scoring at Al-Awwal Park in Riyadh by slotting the ball home in the 13th minute before former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo took centre stage.

Al-Nassr are next in action on Monday night when they host Iranian outfit Persepolis in the AFC Champions League.

They return to domestic competition with a huge clash at Al-Hilal on Friday, December 1.

That fixture could see Ronaldo come up against his Golden Boot rival Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has struck 10 times in 11 matches since joining Al-Hilal from Fulham in August.

Ronaldo will hope to have team-mate Sadio Mane back to full fitness — the ex-Liverpool forward was rested for tonight's game after playing in both of Senegal's 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Sudan and Togo in the last week.


Cristiano RonaldoAl Nassr FCSaudi Pro League (SPL)
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