Al-Nassr claimed their first three points of the 2023 Saudi Pro League season after finally picking up their first win on Matchday 3.
Luis Castro’s side dominated the game throughout, keeping possession and creating more chances.
Al-Nassr’s players were clearly superior throughout the match. Otavio and Aymeric Laporte, despite their recent arrival in the team, joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane in the starting line-up.
Anderson Talisca and Seko Fofana have not yet been called up.
Cristiano continues to work his magic
Cristiano Ronaldo has been looking for goal at all times since the start of the first half.
With a clear superiority at all times of Al-Nassr, Otavio and Cristiano created many dangerous chances, but could not find the goal.
In the 25th minute came the first clear chance for the Brazilian who shot from close range and forced Rinne to intervene.
In the 27th minute, Mane opened the scoring after a back-heel assist from Cristiano, who left a great detail of quality and confirmed that the Portuguese continues to have his full abilities at his disposal.
The second was not long in coming after a great cross that the star was able to take advantage of and he finished with his head to send the ball into the back of the net.
Two from the Senegalese, three from the Portuguese
In the second half, Al-Nassr came out hungry for more, wanting to extend their lead and continuing to hold the ball.
Al-Fateh, on the other hand, found more space and created more chances. Cristian Tello appeared to try to close the gap, but the Catalan, who did not have a great performance in today’s game, was not very accurate
In the 55th minute, Cristiano appeared again to score the third goal of the game and make it a brace. With an empty net, the Portuguese star confirmed that he still has a lot of fight left in him.
Mane also wanted his brace and in the 80th minute, he headed home from the penalty spot to convert the goal.
Cristiano made no mistake and deep into stoppage time he crowned his first hat-trick of the season and put the game to bed.
A great performance from Al-Nassr who have shown why they are the recent AFC Champions League winners. With this win they get their first three points of the season.