Ronaldo Blanks Again As Al-Nassr Vs Al-Batin Ends With a Bust-up After 15mins Stoppage-time

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr nearly suffered a shock home defeat before a dramatic comeback that dragged the game to a chaotic end.


Al-Batin traveled to the Mrsool Park Stadium rock bottom of the Saudi Pro League. A win for the relegation-bound club would have been a historic upset in the Saudi Pro League.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Pro League title hopefuls Al-Nassr had slipped to second place to title contenders Al-Ittihad after the latter bagged a win in their last game.

Al-Nassr needed to defeat Al-Batin to return to the summit of the table but it was a dramatic 90 minutes at Mrsool Park Stadium.

Against the run of play, Renzo Lopez fired Al-Batin into the lead just 17 minutes into the game. It was a controversial goal but it was allowed to stand after VAR check.

After Al-Batin took the lead, the rest was history. Al-Nassr struggled to equalise and pull a comeback, all to no avail.

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It was another frustrating night for the title hopefuls. Cristiano Ronaldo who had fired 8 goals for Al-Nassr in his last five games, cut a frustrated figure on the pitch blanking in front of goals and waving his hands in frustration at teammates.

Al-Batin had a tenuous grip on the narrow 0-1 lead and held off the Saudi giants until the end of regulation time.

In a shock move by the center referee, 15 minutes of extra time was added after the regulation time.


There were airs of disgruntlement in the ranks of Al-Batin players and staff, including the fans after the referee went for such a lengthy extra time after the game.

Nevertheless, Al-Batin held their breath and fought on hoping to run away with a win from Mrsool Park Stadium.

Unluckily, their hopes were dashed in stoppage-time with Al-Nassr producing a stunning and vintage display that turned the game on its head.

Three minutes into stoppage time, Abdulrahman Ghareeb scored the equaliser for Al-Nassr.

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After Ghareeb’s strike, Mohammed Al-Fatil fired the host into the lead in the 102nd minute, with three minutes of stoppage time left.

Al-Fatil’s strike sent the players and staff of Al-Nassr into wild celebrations with Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia running wildly into the pitch to celebrate the goal.

Maran wrapped up the stoppage-time goal harvest with a 104th-minute strike to make it 3-1 for the home side.

It was another disappointing outing for Al-Batin but a late vintage performance by Al-Nassr, thanks to the lengthy extra time by the referee.

After the final whistle, furious Al-Batin players clashed with match officials protesting the lengthy added time.

Angry Al-Batin players protests the lengthy extra time by fourth official after the 3-1 loss to Al-Nassr

The security guards quickly stepped in and arrest the simmering chaos, escorting the players and referees off the pitch as tempers began to flare.

Al-Nassr returned to the summit of the Saudi Pro League after the win, but it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s second in six games without a goal.

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