Ronaldo was unable to help Al-Nassr as they lost to Al Ittihad at the King Abdullah Sports City. Romarinho scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute, rounding off a devastating counter-attack. The result means Al-Nassr are now one point behind league leaders Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League table. Reacting, Ronaldo said he was disappointed with the outcome of the match. The former Manchester United forward also urged Al-Nassr to stay focused ahead of their upcoming games. Despite scoring eight goals in his last seven games, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could not steer his side to victory, notably striking a wild free-kick way over the bar in the second half, epitomising a frustrating evening, with Ronaldo walking from the field before kicking a water bottle off the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo lost for the first time in the Saudi Pro League as title rivals Al-Ittihad beat his Al-Nassr side 1-0 to take top spot in the table. After scoring eight goals in four matches in February, all eyes were on Ronaldo to make the difference in the showdown between Saudi Arabia's top two sides.
But the 38-year-old struggled to get into the game and could not inspire his team to victory as they fell to a deserved defeat.
In a first half that lacked any real quality, it was the hosts that had the better of the chances, but they couldn't find a breakthrough. Ronaldo had one chance before the interval with his snap-shot being well-saved by Al-Ittihad goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, but the Portuguese star was offside anyway. As the title race in the Saudi Pro League starts to heat up, it was a frustrating night for the Portuguese superstar, whose side were dealt a crushing blow just ten minutes from time. Romarinho's composed finish proved the difference between the two sides, with the Brazilian taking the ball in his stride to send Al-Ittihad clear of Al-Nassr at the top of the league by a point.
And fans inside stadium, not for the first time this season, were quick to taunt the Portuguese superstar, with chants of 'Messi, Messi' ringing out around the pitch as Ronaldo walked down the tunnel.
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