Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence at Al-Nassr continues to grow as the Arab club where the Portuguese plays have secured the final of the Arab Club Champions Cup, marking a historic moment for the club.
For the first time in their history, Al Nassr secured a place in the final stage of the tournament.
In their semi-final clash against Iraq’s Al Shorta, played at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium on Wednesday, the 38-year-old proved useful.
His penalty in the second half was decisive, securing the vital victory for the Al Nassr team, which featured other well-known names such as Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic, Talisca and Alex Talles.
Having reached the last four for the first time in thirty years by triumphing over Raja Casablanca, they were eager to secure their place in the Grand Final.
Ronaldo also scored in the first half, however, this moment of joy was short-lived, as the goal was disallowed after a VAR review for offside.
Ronaldo came close to the goal after a pass from Sadio Mane, but his shot missed the target.
With the game deadlocked at 0-0 after half-time, Luis Castro’s side applied relentless pressure for the first goal.
It was Cristiano Ronaldo who scored in the 75th minute, correctly executing a penalty.
Al Nassr managed to maintain their advantage and secure a place in the final, where they will host the winners of the other semi-final clash between Al-Hilal and Al Shabab.