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Yellow card for Ronaldo, substituted as goalless streak continues

Cristiano Ronaldo He had a disappointing night when he picked up a yellow card and was substituted for the first time since moving to Saudi Arabia in Al Nassr’s 3-1 King’s Cup win over Abha on Tuesday.

Ronaldo failed to score for the third game in a row and has yet to open his account at the Al Nassr Stadium.

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The former Manchester United striker, who signed for Al Nassr in January on a two-and-a-half-year contract, was directly involved in his side’s last 10 goals, scoring eight with two assists before leaving empty-handed on both. last leagues games.

In Tuesday’s quarterfinals, Al Nassr led 2-0 when Ronaldo had a chance to launch a counter-attack, but Latvian referee Andris Treimanis stopped the first half.

Ronaldo angrily grabbed the ball and then deflected it, causing the referee to issue a yellow card.

Al Nassr scored a third in the second half before Ronaldo was replaced in the 87th minute by Anderson Talisca, the league’s top scorer returning from injury.

Ronaldo didn’t enjoy the best of games last Thursday, kicking around water bottles before going up the tunnel after a 1-0 loss to rivals Al-Ittihad.

“Ronaldo’s presence gives opposing teams an incentive to play the game of their lives against him,” Al Nassr’s coach Rudi Garcia said after the match.

While Ronaldo’s famous celebration was not seen at Al Nassr Stadium, it did appear in another Copa del Rey game, with Al-Hilal’s Michael Delgado performing in their 3-1 win against Al-Fateh.