Cristiano Ronaldo endured a miserable night as his Al Nassr team were knocked out of the Saudi Super Cup by Al Ittihad 3-1.
In his second game for his new club since leaving Manchester United, Ronaldo again captained the Knights of Najd. But the superstar struggled in the semi-final, missing a golden chance to equalise after Romarinho put Al Ittihad ahead following a well-worked team move
Al Ittihad doubled their lead through Abderrazak Hamdallah, before Al-Nassr pulled a goal back through Anderson Talisca in the second-half. But Muhannad Shanqeeti buried any hope of comeback with Al Ittihad’s third goal in stoppage time.
It has now been two long years since Cristiano Ronaldo last won a major trophy, with that being the Coppa Italia with Juventus. He failed to lift any silverware in his second spell at Manchester United, and frankly never looked close to doing so.
But with Al-Nassr one of the top teams in Saudi Arabia, the Portugal star would have hoped that he stood a better chance with his new team. But those hopes were extinguished, for the time being at least, on Thursday night.
Al-Ittihad will now progress into the Saudi Super Cup final against Al-Feiha, where they will be much-fancied against the Saudi Pro League strugglers. It means another missed opportunity for Ronaldo.
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