After reaching the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup earlier in the week, Al Nassr take on Al Khaleej in the Saudi Pro League.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s side come into this clash on the back of four straight victories and are now 15 games unbeaten across all competitions, 14 of which have been wins.
They are, however, second in the league table behind Al Hilal who are unbeaten.
Al Khaleej are winless in their last four league games and sit 13th in the league standings.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej live score
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|Al Nassr||1||25′ Ronaldo|
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej live updates, highlights from Saudi Pro League
46th minute: The second half is underway as Al Khaleej kicks us off.
Half-time: That’s it for the first half of play. Ronaldo’s excellent strike is the only difference between the two sides.
45+1: There are six minutes of added time to play.
45th minute: He’s not able to continue, Ali Al Hassan replaces him.
42nd minute: Alkhaibari goes down injured and needs treatment.
36th minute: Al Khaleej have rarely escaped their own half since going a goal behind but when they do, they look dangerous on the counter. Al Nassr’s defence so far so good.
26th minute: He’s given them the lead! Ronaldo 1-0. The Al Nassr forward has the ball on the edge of the box and picks out the far right corner with a fine strike.
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) November 4, 2023
20th minute: Ronaldo again has another free-kick, this time he tries to chip it to the back post but it fails to beat the first man.
16th minute: Ronaldo lines up a free-kick from a long way out but his strike dribbles across the ground and the goalkeeper collects easily. Not one of his best.
12th minute: Goal ruled out! There was an offside in the build up.
10th minute: MANE! He gives Al Nassr the lead with a world-class finish. He finds space in the box on the left and drills an effort across the goalkeeper to find the bottom right corner.
8th minute: Al Nassr are slowly growing into this game as they’re enjoying more time in the final third.
3rd minute: The visitors have had a bright start so far and Al Nassr have struggled to get out of their own half. It’s a great atmosphere so far.
1st minute: We’re underway!
10 minutes until kickoff: We’re almost ready at the Mrsool Park Stadium. Kickoff is next!
30 minutes until kickoff: The last game in the Pro League for Al Nassr at home, Ronaldo did this…
— Roshn Saudi League (@SPL_EN) October 21, 2023
1 hour until kickoff: Team news is in! It’s a front three of Otavio, Mane and Ronaldo for Al Nassr this evening.
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) November 4, 2023
90 mins until kickoff: A fresh trim for Cristiano, how many goals can he score tonight?
New look 🤩 pic.twitter.com/xv8El0UhmH
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) November 3, 2023
120 mins until kickoff: It’s a big month coming up for Al Nassr! They’ll want to get started on the front foot this evening.
Five Games ⚽️
AlNassr In November 🗓️
Good luck, Nassr 💛 pic.twitter.com/zJkryucrPv
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) November 2, 2023
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej lineups
Al-Nassr will be without Brazilian forward Talisca, who is suspended following a straight red card he received in their recent cup victory over Al-Ettifaq on Tuesday. Talisca has been a standout player for The Global Club who, before Tuesday, had scored 14 goals in 10 matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo, with 11 league goals this season, currently leads the Professional League’s scoring chart, and the 38-year-old is expected to lead the Al-Nassr attack once more, alongside Otavio and Mane. In terms of injuries, their starting goalkeeper David Ospina isn’t available as he has been sidelined with an injury since January.
Al Nassr starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Nawaf (GK) — Alkhaibari, Alamri, Laporte, Telles — Fofana, Brozovic, Ghareeb — Otavio, Mane, Ronaldo.
Al Nassr subs (12): To be confirmed
As for Al Khaleej, midfielder Mansour Hamzi won’t be available for selection in Saturday’s game due to a suspension resulting from a straight red card he received against Damac on Monday.
It’s anticipated that Pedro Emanuel will select a similar starting XI for the upcoming weekend, with Mohammed Al-Khabrani and Lisandro Lopez forming the central defensive pair and Mohamed Sherif, Khaled Narey, and Fabio Martins retaining their positions in the attacking third.
Al Khaleej projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Al-Haidari — Rebocho, Lopez, Al-Khabrani, Hamsal — Jung, Rodrigues — Narey, Abdulelah, Martins — Sherif.
Al Khaleej subs (12): To be confirmed
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej live stream, TV channel
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