Al-Nasr beat Al-Duhail (Qatar) 4-3 in Group E of the 2023-24 AFC Champions League at Al-Awal Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of the 25th (Korea time). Al-Nasr continued to lead the group with three wins. Al Duhail, where Kim Moon-hwan started, will remain in third place in the group with one draw and two losses (one point) due to the defeat against Al Nasr.
Ronaldo led the team’s victory with two goals and one assist as a front-line striker for Al Nasr. Al-Nasr scored the first goal with a right-footed shot by Taliska, who took over Ronaldo’s heel pass in front of the penalty area in the 25th minute of the first half against Al Duhail.
Al-Nasr, who finished ahead of the first half, scored an additional goal in the middle of the penalty area in the 11th minute of the second half. Al-Nasr then scored Ronaldo’s third goal in the 16th minute of the second half. Ronaldo’s left-footed diagonal shot from the right outer corner of the penalty area went into the corner of the goal.
Al-Nasr allowed Al-Duhail to score back-to-back goals after Ronaldo scored, but he widened the gap again with Ronaldo’s multiple goals in the 36th minute of the second half. Ronaldo finished teammate Arganham’s cross with a left-footed volley shot from the left side of the penalty area and the game ended with Al Nasr’s victory.
Al-Nasr’s coach Castro told a press conference after the match, “Ronaldo’s skills don’t age. Today we made a lot of mistakes, but it’s good to have a star who can score goals and solve the game,” he said.
Ronaldo continued to score 43 goals for the Portuguese national team and his team this year, along with multiple goals against Al Duhail. Ronaldo, who scored 25 goals in the Saudi Arabian professional league for Al-Nasr this year, scored nine goals in seven A matches for the Portuguese national team. He also scored nine goals in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League in Al-Nasr.
“I’m thinking about enjoying it,” Ronaldo said after the Al-Duhail match. Our team is getting better and better. Our team’s coaching staff is helping al-Nasr to become the best team. I can continue to play and do well because I’m different from others. You can play with the help of your teammates. I want to help al-Nasr,” he said.