Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s best efforts to carry Al Nassr in the Riyadh derby, he received little support from his teammates or the officials, resulting in a convincing 3-0 victory for Al Hilal at King Fahd International Stadium on Friday.
Ronaldo had a goal disallowed due to a narrow offside decision and was also denied a clear penalty, leaving Al Nassr with few opportunities in front of goal.
On the other hand, Al Hilal created numerous excellent chances, but initially failed to convert them until Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s powerful header broke the deadlock past the 60-minute mark. This goal gave Al Hilal a lead they held onto, and Aleksandar Mitrovic added two late goals in stoppage time, narrowly missing a spectacular overhead kick for a potential third goal.
However, the match was not without controversy, as two decisions went against Al Nassr. Ronaldo’s disallowed goal in the 73rd minute was confirmed by semi-automated offside technology, revealing that only a small part of his knee was over the line, leading to a marginal but correct decision.
In the 86th minute, Ronaldo was heavily challenged by Yassine Bounou as the Al Hilal goalkeeper attempted a punch but failed to connect. Surprisingly, no penalty was awarded for the incident. Although the offside decision against Ronaldo was technically accurate, the Al Nassr players and coaching staff will undoubtedly have concerns about this non-call, as it would have provided them with an opportunity to equalize the match at that time.
As a result, Al Hilal extended their lead at the top of the table, while Aleksandar Mitrovic’s two goals brought him closer to Ronaldo in the race for the top goal scorer position in the Saudi Pro League.