Al Fateh vs. Al Nassr live score, updates, highlights and lineups as Cristiano Ronaldo men fall behind to Cristian Tello strike
Cristian Tello marked his Al Fateh debut with a goal as Cristiano Ronaldo’s tricky start to life with Al Nassr continued in the Saudi Pro League.
Ronaldo failed to find the net in his first two competitive outings for Rudi Garcia’s side, who can go top of the table with a victory on Friday.
Former Barcelona youngster Tello, who joined Al Fateh from LAFC at the end of last month, had no such problems as he volleyed home superbly from 25 yards.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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Al Fateh vs. Al Nassr live score
AL FATEH — Cristian Tello — 12th minute
Al Fateh vs. Al Nassr live updates, highlights from Saudi Pro League
24th minute: GOOAA…no! Ronaldo thought that was the moment. Talisca flicks a lovely pass round the corner. Ronaldo controls on his chest expertly, shifts it onto his left foot and drills home via the post. He looks up, aghast, to see the offside flag. Looking at replays, it wasn’t even particularly close.
21st minute: Nah, that’s useless. Ronaldo blooters it into the wall. Talisca keeps the attack alive and finds a cross for the number seven, who heads off target.
20th minute: Ronaldo is lining up a freekick from all of 35 yards. Even for him this looks a bit of a stretch.
17th minute: Al Nassr’s heads haven’t really cleared from that setback. Rossi, in particular, is all over the place and has needlessly given away a corner.
12th minute: GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Cristian Tello!!!!
Against the run of play but it’s a screamer from former Barcelona youngster Tello. It’s also an awful moment for another debutant, Rossi in the Al Nassr goal, who punches poorly when dealing with a cross from the right. The ball loops to Tello, who steers home a sumptuous 25-yard volley.
10th minute: Dicey moment for Al Fateh goalkeeper Rinnie, who makes a hash of passing out from the back. Al Nassr are unable to capitalise with Ronaldo lurking.
7th minute: Al Nassr have certainly made the stronger start. Ronaldo lays the ball in-field to Luiz Gustavo and scampers off for a return pass. If doesn’t arrive as the Brazilian midfielder blazes a long-range effort way over from 30 yards.
4th minute: Talisca, who has been Al Nassr’s danger man in recent weeks, finds some space down the left but makes a hash of the cross that flies out for a goal kick.
2nd minute: Almost an early opening for Ronaldo but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is rightly pulled back for offside.
5 mins from kickoff: The teams are ready to go. Ronaldo looking all business. Surely he gets on the scoresheet today?
15 mins from kickoff: Agustin Rossi is making his debut in goal for Al Nassr today, having joined on loan from Boca Juniors. David Ospina is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken elbow, forcing Rudi Garcia back into the transfer market.
45 mins from kickoff: Last season, Al Nassr won both matches against Al Fateh with Talisca scoring in 2-1 and 1-0 victories respectively. There’s a bit of bad blood between the sides too it seems with both of those games seeing red cards. Expect a few fireworks today.
60 mins from kickoff: We’re expecting team news any minute now. Stay tuned…
And here it is! Ronaldo starts and captains the side.
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— نادي الفتح السعودي (@FatehClub) February 3, 2023
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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.
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— 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 lineup (4-3-3): Jacob Rinne (GK) — Al-Zubaidi, Al-Daheem, Saadane, Buhimed — Bendebka, Petros, Al-Fuhaid — Tello, Al-Buraikan, Al-Khulaif
Subs: Al Mogawhi, Al Jassem, Al Slis, Al Mousa, Al Najdi, Al Jari, Abdullah, Al Othman, Malayekah
Agustin Rossi makes his debut in goal for Al Nassr, having joined on the back of David Ospina suffering a broken elbow. Luis Gustavo is expected to retain his spot in midfield, with Talisca playing just behind Ronaldo.
Al Nassr lineup (4-2-3-1): Rossi (GK) — Al-Ghannam, Al-Amri, Lajami, Konan— Gustavo, Al-Khaibari — Yahya, Talisca, Ghareeb — Ronaldo
Subs: Waleed, Mado, Boushal, Majed, Alsulaihem, Alhassan, Sami, Masharipov, Martinez
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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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