“Cristiano Ronaldo Sets New Record as Al Nassr Dominates Monastir with 4-1 Victory in Arab Club Champions Cup”
The victory will come as a comfort to Al Nassr, who has had a mixed record against European opponents, including two hefty defeats to Benfica and Celta Vigo.
Cristiano Ronaldo set a new goal scoring record during an Arab Club Champions Cup encounter at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Tuesday. His squad, Al Nassr, won convincingly 4-1 over US Monastir. Ronaldo’s effect was noticed when he scored a precise header in the 74th minute, becoming the all-time leading scorer in headed goals with 145, breaking Gerd Muller’s previous record of 144. This important victory not only solidified Al Nassr’s status in the tournament, but it was also their first victory of the season, following a goalless draw against Al-Shabab in their previous encounter.
The long-awaited breakthrough occurred in the 42nd minute of the game as a result of an attack initiated by Brozovic. The Croatian player’s long ball down the left flank was expertly handled by Abdulrahman Ghareeb, who subsequently set up Anderson Talisca for the first goal.
Unfortunately, an error by Al Nassr defender Ali Lajami while attempting to clear the ball resulted in an own goal, tying the game six minutes beyond the hour mark.
But then Cristiano Ronaldo came forward and demonstrated his genius, scoring his 839th career goal, breaking the previous record and causing the stadium to scream in celebration.
Following Ronaldo’s record-breaking strike, the game changed completely in Al Nassr’s advantage. Abdulelah Al-Amri and Abdulaziz Saud Al Elewai scored two goals in the final two minutes of the game, completing an amazing victory for Al Nassr.
The win moved Al Nassr to the top of its King Salman Club Cup group, where they are level on points with Al Shabab but ahead on goal difference, securing a solid position in the competition.
Indeed, the outcome will come as a comfort to Ronaldo’s club, given their inconsistent record against European opponents, including two hefty defeats to Benfica and Celta Vigo.
Monastir, on the other hand, has dropped to the bottom of the table, as the only team in their group without a single point.
As the competition advances, Al Nassr will face Egyptian side Zamalek SC in the final round of group-stage matches on Thursday, while Monastir will face Al Shabab in their final group match. Both sides will be looking to secure their positions and go further in the tournament in the following games.