Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to get his Al Nassr career off and running when Rudi Garcia’s men travel to face Al Fateh on Friday.
Al Nassr claimed a 1-0 win on Ronaldo’s competitive debut, with Talisca on target against Al Ittifaq.
Garcia’s side were on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Al Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup. Talisca, who is in the early stages of trying to forge an attacking partnership with Ronaldo, was again the man to score for Al Nassr.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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90 mins from kickoff: Plenty of talk in recent days in the build up to this match has centred around Ronaldo, as expected, but comments made by his coach suggests Europe hasn’t seen the last of the 37-year-old just yet.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition, as he helps to disperse defenders,” Rudi Garcia said in late January. “He is one of the best players in the world. He will not finish his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe.”
We’ve taken a look at the potential clubs Ronaldo could join following the end of his two-year contract with Al Nassr.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ live coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest outing for Al Nassr, away at Al Fateh in the Saudi Pro League.
Parabéns parceiro!👏🏼🎂 @talisca_aa pic.twitter.com/ZXnLSTMKHQ
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 1, 2023
Al Fateh vs Al Nassr lineups
Al Fateh manager Giorgos Donis has enjoyed a solid start to 2023, with two wins in four league matches, as they look to secure mid-table safety. Al Fateh have a majority Saudi squad but they do have former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello as a late January signing.
Al Fateh projected lineup (4-3-3): Jacob Rinne (GK) — Ali Al-Zubaidi, Ammar Al-Daheem, Ammar Al-Daheem, Tawfiq Buhimed — Sofiane Bendebka, Petros, Nooh Al-Mousa — Cristian Tello, Feras Albrikan, Ayman Al-Khulaif
Garcia rotated his options for the Super Cup, with deputy keeper Nawaf Alaqidi set to return, due to David Ospina’s injury. Luis Gustavo is expected to retain his spot in midfield, with Talisca playing just behind Ronaldo.
Al Nassr projected lineup (4-2-3-1): Alaqidi (GK) — Al-Ghannam, Al-Amri, Madu, Lajami— Gustavo, Al-Khaibari — Martinez, Talisca, Al-Najei — Ronaldo
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How to watch Al Fateh vs. Al Nassr
SSC (Saudi Sports Company) has been live streaming Al Nassr matches in English via its Twitter channel. Sky Sports is streaming the action live in the UK on its YouTube channel
Local broadcasters in selected countries have the rights to televise or stream the Saudi Pro League, and fans in other countries can subscribe to streaming platform Shahid for complete coverage of the Roshn Saudi Pro League.
According to LiveSoccerTV, selected European countries will have local broadcasters carrying the match, while DirecTV Sports will bring it to Spanish-speaking South American countries.
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