Their first game since the marquee signing of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr were 2-0 winners of Al Tai in the Saudi Arabian Professional Football League on Friday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo was unavailable for selection and so Anderson Talisca led the lines for Rudi Garcia’s men in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
In the abscence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Anderson Talisca, Al Nassr and Saudi Arabia Pro League top scorer this term bagged his 10th and 11th goal of the season to seal a comfortable win for the league leaders.
The Brazilian forward scored in each half of the game, the first a beautiful header before a 47th minute strike off an assist from goalkepeer Ospina .
Cristiano Ronaldo was present at the Mrsool park, the former Manchester United man watching from the stands as his new teammates strolled to a comfortable win.
Unbeaten In 10 games, Al Nassr are too of the table with 29 points and look poised to wrestle the title from Champions Al Hilal who are currently placed 4th on the table with 25 points from 12 matches.
The Knights of Najd will still miss the services of their new man who aside serving a two-game FA ban he was handed as a Manchester United player for smashing an Everton fan’s phone, will wait till a foreign player is off Al-Nassr’s books.
The hype and wait for Ronaldo’s debut could hit the climax if happens when a Saudi All-Star XI take on Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in the Riyadh Season Cup on January 19, 2023.