Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia’s first season under Cristiano Ronaldo took a further negative turn on Monday as Al Wehda eliminated them from the King Cup of Champions at the semi-final stage.
The legendary Portuguese player left Manchester United by mutual consent at the conclusion of 2022, joining Saudi Club on a free transfer.
Although Ronaldo has put up some great numbers since moving to the Middle East, including 11 goals in 14 games, Al Nassr has failed to live up to expectations on a team level.
This week, they lost to Al Wehda 1-0 at home in the King Cup of Champions semifinals. Jean-David Beauguel scored the game-winning goal in the first half.
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After Abdullah Al-Hafith was dismissed shortly after the break, Al Wehda was forced to play the majority of the second half with ten men.
While Al Wehda was playing with one man less, Ronaldo was only able to record one shot on target for the whole game, though he did hit the top of the crossbar in the final ten minutes.
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As the sides entered the locker rooms at halftime, the 37-year-old was also shown on camera behaving furiously toward his own bench. Dinko Jelicic is presently serving as interim coach after Rudi Garcia left earlier this month.
After losing 2-0 to rivals Al Hilal over the weekend, Al Nassr currently has a losing record in every cup tournament they have entered this season and trails Al Ittihad by three points in the Saudi Pro League despite having played one more game.