- Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice, leading Al-Nassr to a 2-1 victory over Al-Hilal, winning the Arab Club Champions Cup.
- Match drama unfolds with red cards, a denied penalty, and extra time, showcasing Ronaldo's headlining performance.
- Concern grows for Ronaldo's injury as Al-Nassr prepares for the new season, with uncertainty over his participation.
Cristiano Ronaldo, known for performing remarkably during big occasions, pulled off a spectacular performance, scoring twice as Al-Nassr triumphed over their domestic rivals Al-Hilal, winning 2-1 and clinching the Arab Club Champions Cup for the first time.
Despite an early lead for Al-Hilal through a goal from Michael, and Al-Nassr falling to 9 players due to red cards, Ronaldo was unflappable, performing an unforgettable 24-minute act that left fans awestruck.
Trailing by a goal and two players, Al-Nassr's captain equalized in the 74th minute. His close-range goal came after Sultan Al-Ghanam played a masterful ball to the center of the box. The drama continued, with the match extending into extra time after a denied penalty claim for a foul on Ghislan Konan.
The suspense held as both Ronaldo and Al-Hilal had goals and penalties disallowed by off-sides and VAR decisions. However, Ronaldo, undeterred, came to the rescue again in extra time. A mere eight minutes in, new recruit Seko Fofana's shot ricocheted off the crossbar, and Ronaldo seized the opportunity, heading the ball in to take the lead.
Ronaldo's powerful 38-year-old head managed to navigate through the opposition, placing his team in the driver's seat. Al-Hilal, despite having 57% of possession, couldn't capitalize and was brought to their knees by their Saudi League competition.
Unfortunately, the celebrations were tinged with worry, as Ronaldo, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, was substituted in the 115th minute due to injury. The extent of the star's injury is concerning for the Saudi Arabian side, with doubt surrounding his appearance in Al-Nassr's first match of the new season against Al-Ettifaq.
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