Cristiano Ronaldo scores back-to-back hat-tricks in Saudi Pro League: Abha vs Al Nassr final score, result, updates, stats

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Cristiano Ronaldo was at it again, as he inspired Al Nassr to an exceptional performance in the Saudi Pro League as they thrashed Abha 8-0. 

The Portuguese striker, fresh off a weekend hat-trick, continued his brilliant form by scoring another first-half treble.

Ronaldo wasted no time in making his mark, unleashing a thunderous free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box to open the scoring. Despite Abha goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu’s efforts, he couldn’t deny Ronaldo’s power. 

Ronaldo swiftly doubled his team’s advantage with yet another impeccable free-kick, this time finding the net from the left flank, leaving Tatarusanu helpless. The 39-year-old rolled back the years as he expertly picked out the top corner with pinpoint accuracy as part of a dominant individual, and team, performance.

Ronaldo completed his treble a minute before the break, and by that time Al Nassr were already out of sight after Sadio Mane had also scored.

Al Nassr vs Abha final score, result

  Fulltime Goalscorers
Al Nassr 8

Ronaldo 11′, 21′, 44′ Mane 34′,

Al Sulaiheem 45′, Ghareeb 51′,

Al Aliwa 63′, 86′

Abha 0  

Ronaldo’s hat-trick goal came via a beautiful lob over the goalkeeper, once again proving his exceptional technique and composure. The goal epitomised his brilliance on the night and before halftime, Al Sulaiheem further piled on Abha’s misery by adding a fifth goal.

Ghareeb then struck early in the second half with a perfectly placed shot into the top right corner, punishing Abha’s defence who failed to clear their lines.

Al Nassr then made it 7-0, with Al Aliwa ensuring there was no reprieve for the hosts by confidently slotting home. The relentless onslaught culminated with Al Aliwa doubling his tally, sealing the victory with a composed finish into the bottom left corner with four minutes left.

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Al Nassr vs Abha live updates, highlights, and commentary

FT: That’s a monumental victory for the visitors and it all started with Cristiano Ronaldo. He set the tone, scored a hat-trick and his team followed suit. 

90th minute: Four minutes added on.

86th minute: GOAL! Al Aliwa has his second of the night and Al Nassr’s EIGHTH! 

74th minute: Nawaf Bu Washl’s right footed effort is too high and over the bar. They want more!

65th minute: Ahmed Abdu’s header is just wide after he got on the end of Al Kunaydiri’s cross.

57th minute: Both sides make changes. Can Abha put up any fight in this final half hour?

51st minute: GOAL! This is turning into men against boys. What a finish from Ghareeb who finds the top corner with a superb strike.

46th minute: The second half is underway. Both sides make changes and Ronaldo is rested after a magnificent first-half display.

HT: What a first half for Al Nassr and Ronaldo, that could not have gone better for the away side.

45th minute: GOAL! Al Nassr make it 5-0! It’s another assist for Ronaldo and this time he picks out Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem who taps home into the back of an empty net.

43rd minute: GOAL! Ronaldo has his hat-trick! It’s his second hat-trick in as many games and that’s the best of the night. He chips Tatarusanu beautifully.

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34th minute: GOAL! Mane does make it three! Ronaldo’s cross beats the keeper and the former Liverpool man hammers home. 

28th minute: Al Nassr look to make it three. This time through Al Fatil who has his header saved from a Alex Telles cross. 

21st minute: GOAL! Ronaldo at the double! It’s another free-kick goal but this time the goalkeeper had no chance, it was perfectly placed by the Portuguese man.

15th minute: Ibrahim Al Zubaidi is the first to get a yellow card in the game as he’s late to a challenge.

11th minute: GOAL! Who else? Ronaldo smashes the free kick and Tatarusanu can’t prevent it. 

5th minute: It’s been a bright start for the visitors as they put Abha under intense pressure.

1st minute: We’re underway!

15 mins to kickoff: The warmups are finished, kickoff is next!

30 mins to kickoff: Without Taslica this evening it’ll be interesting to see if the creativity will be there in the Al Nassr squad.

1 hour before kickoff: Ronaldo’s hat-trick at the weekend is sure to spur him on once again this evening. He starts for the away side.

2 hours before kickoff: Al Nassr are hoping to build on their 5-1 win over Al Tai at the weekend.

What time does Al Nassr vs Abha kick off?

This Saudi Pro League match at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium kicks off on Tuesday, April 2 at 10 p.m. local time in Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories around the globe:

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  Date Kickoff time
USA Tue, Apr. 2 3:00 p.m. ET
Canada Tue, Apr. 2 3:00 p.m. ET
UK Tue, Apr. 2 8:00 p.m. BST
Australia Wed, Apr. 3 6:00 a.m. AEDT
India Wed, Apr. 3 12:30 a.m. IST

Al Nassr vs Abha lineups

Al Nassr have not flagged up any fresh injury issues ahead of this game, but with such a short window between matches, the visitors will rotate in certain areas.

Ronaldo will lead the attack with Nawaf Boushal and Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem potentially coming in.

Al Nassr predicted XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ospina (GK) β€” Boushal, Alawjami, Laporte, Telles β€” Al Sulaiheem, Brozovic β€” Mane, Otavio, Talisca β€” Ronaldo.

Al Nassr subs (9): TBC

Abha are fighting against relegation from the Saudi Pro League this season and their standout name is former Sevilla and PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Abha lineup (4-5-1, right to left): TΔƒtΔƒruşanu (GK) β€” Al-Jumayah, Noguera, Tisserand, Al-Zubaidi β€” Kamano, Al Sahafi, Krychowiak, Al Qahtani, Al-Shammeri  β€” Abdu Jaber.

Abha (9): TBC

Al Nassr vs Abha live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch the action across some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA Fox Soccer Plus  Fubo
Australia β€” 10 Play
Canada β€” DAZN
UK β€” DAZN
India β€” β€”

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