Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick, Sadio Mané contributes 2 goals
Posted : 26 August 2023
Despite making significant investments this summer to bolster their squad around the Portuguese star, Al Nassr faced defeats in their initial two matches of the campaign. However, both Ronaldo and Al Nassr found their form in a dominant fashion against Al Fateh, who had secured four points from their initial two games.
Sadio Mané, a notable addition to the team from his move from Bayern Munich, initiated the scoring spree in the 27th minute with a sublime back-heeled assist from Ronaldo. The momentum continued as Ronaldo secured his first league goal of the season with an imposing header from close range, seven minutes before half-time.
Ronaldo continued to shine in the second half, adding two more goals to his tally, which were among the simplest of his illustrious career. Exploiting the stranded opposition goalkeeper, he calmly tapped the ball into an unguarded net. In the midst of Ronaldo's brilliance, Sadio Mané contributed with his second goal, completing Al Nassr's commanding victory.
The match also provided opportunities for debuts, as former Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte and Portugal international Otávio made their first appearances for the Riyadh-based team.