Cristiano Ronaldo-led Al Nassr made it to the semifinals of Arab Club Champions Cup for the first time since 1995. The Riyadh-based football club took down the reigning champions Moroccan Raja Casablanca 3-1 to sail to the next round. The quarterfinals played at the Prince Sultan Stadium in the southern Saudi city of Abha on Sunday, August 6 saw Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the opening goal.
In the semifinal round, Al Nassr will square off against Iran’s Al-Shorta on Wednesday, August 9. The football club led by Alaa Abdul-Zahra is coming on the back of a win against Qatar’s Al-Sadd 4-2 in the quarterfinal round held in Abha.
Al Nassr dominated the game right from the beginning and gained a comfortable lead against their rivals in the 19th minute of the play. The first goal came when Anderson Talisca partnered with Ronaldo for the goal. Club’s next goal came in the next 10 minutes by Al Ghannam.
Al Nassr members continued to show brilliant prowess and gained a 3-0 lead within 30 minutes of the game. Prior to this game, Ronaldo experienced a dry spell of five games, but put an end to the scoreless run in Al-Nassr’s second group game against US Monastirienne on August 1.
Earlier, in the first quarterfinal of the tournament, Al-Hilal of Riyadh took down the defending Saudi Pro League Champions Al-Ittihad of Jeddah on Saturday, August 5.