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Al Nassr vs Abha live score, updates, Cristiano Ronaldo highlights, lineups and result from Saudi Pro League

Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr are in must-win territory in their chase for the Saudi Pro League title when they welcome Abha on Saturday.

A victory by league leaders Al Ittihad has left Al Nassr needing a win of their own against Abha to stay within a point of their rivals with nine matches remaining in the season after this weekend.

Al Nassr defeated Abha 3-1 just four days prior in a King Cup quarter final match, with superstar forward Ronaldo going 87 minutes but failing to score for a third straight match as the pressure continues to grow for his new club to win a trophy in his first season.

Abha are battling relegation and will be content with any point from this contest after looking significantly inferior in midweek, allowing Al Nassr a goal within the first minute of play. They’ll need a stronger start to have any hope in this match.

Sporting News is following the Al Nassr vs Abha match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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Al Nassr vs Abha live score

  1H 2H Final
Al Nassr



Al Nassr (4-3-3):  44-Nawaf Alaqidi (GK) — 2-Sultan Al-Ghanam, 5-Alamri, 21-Alvaro Gonzalez, 13-Konan — 8-Alsulaihem, 18-Luiz Gustavo, 17-Alkhaibari — 94-Talisca, 7-Ronaldo, 29-Ghareeb

Abha (4-3-1-2): 16-Devis Epassy (GK) — 39-Al Hamsal, 19-Attouchi, 4-Natiq, 3-Al-Zoari — 21-Al Sudani, 34-Driess Saddiki, 88-Al-Salouli — 10-Bguir — 9-Adam, 20-Felipe Caicedo

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Al Nassr vs Abha live updates, highlights from Saudi Pro League

1st min.: We’re off. Abha with early possession in their maroon away jerseys.

1 min from kickoff: The two captains take the photos at midfield. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Abha centre-back Al Zoari. 

2 mins from kickoff: Teams are out on the field and we’re just about set to go.

30 mins from kickoff: Warmups underway at Mrsool Park in Riyadh.

And a touch of James Brown:

60 mins from kickoff: It’ll be Felipe Caicedo (Abha) attempting to outduel Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr) in this league match.

120 mins from kickoff: Here’s how it went down between these two teams just four days ago in their King Cup quarter final, which Al Nassr won comfortably:

Al Nassr vs Abha lineups

More squad rotation from Rudi Garcia, who kept Talisca and Jaloliddin Masharipov on the bench and gave Luiz Gustavo a rest for the cup match. Two of the three start in a must-win game for Al Nassr, while captain Sami Al-Najei is out due to injury.

Al Nassr lineup (4-3-3):  44-Nawaf Alaqidi (GK) — 2-Sultan Al-Ghanam, 5-Alamri, 21-Alvaro Gonzalez, 13-Konan — 8-Alsulaihem, 18-Luiz Gustavo, 17-Alkhaibari — 94-Talisca, 7-Ronaldo, 29-Ghareeb

Al Nasssr subs (9): 22-Agustin Rossi (GK), 4-Mohammed Al-Fatil, 3-Abdullah Madu, 27-Majed Qasheesh, 19-Ali Alhassan, 12-Nawaf Boushal, 78-Ali Lajami, 77-Jaloliddin Masharipov, 16-Mohammed Maran

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Abha head coach Roel Coumans set up in a 3-4-3 that was more of a 3-6-1 in the midweek match and star striker Felipe Caicedo wasn’t even in the squad. We’ll see if that changes for this league match with Abha just six points above the relegation zone.

Abha lineup (4-3-1-2): 16-Devis Epassy (GK) — 39-Saeed Al Hamsal, 19-Amine Attouchi, 4-Saad Natiq, 3-Abdullah Al-Zoari — 21-Zakaria Al Sudani, 34-Driess Saddiki, 88-Saad Al-Salouli — 10-Saad Bguir — 9-Abdulfattah Adam, 20-Felipe Caicedo

Abha subs (9): 33-Mansour Jawhar (GK), 12-Abdulrahman Al Bouq (GK), 31-Sari Amro, 13-Mohammed Al-Kunaydiri, 23-Nasser Al-Omran, 15-Mutair Al-Zahrani, 8-Uros Matic, 18-Nawaf Al-Sadi, 25-Abdrulrahman Al-Alawi

Al Nassr vs Abha live stream, TV channel

Local broadcasters in selected countries have acquired the rights to televise or stream the Saudi Pro League, while fans in other countries can subscribe to streaming platform Shahid for complete coverage.

According to LiveSoccerTV, the following networks are carrying Al Nassr’s league matches: 

  • Australia: 10Play
  • Caribbean: DirecTV Sports
  • India & Asia: Sony LIV
  • Malaysia: Astro Go
  • Mexico: Claro Sports
  • Saudi Arabia: SSC
  • South America: DirecTV Sports

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  TV channel Streaming
Australia 10 Play
Canada Shahid
Hong Kong myTV Super
India Sony TEN 2 Shahid, JioTV, SONY LIV
Malaysia Astro Go, sooka
New Zealand Shahid
Singapore Shahid
UK Shahid,
*Sky Sports YouTube channel
USA Shahid

*In the UK, Sky Sports have been showing most Saudi Pro League Al Nassr matches on their YouTube channel for free.


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