Al Hilal vs Al Nassr final ends in chaos with three red cards and a late equalizer after Cristiano Ronaldo scare


Al Hilal vs Al Nassr final ends in chaos with three red cards and a late equalizer after Cristiano Ronaldo scare

Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr was involved in a chaotic Copa del Rey final.

The Saudi King's Cup final between Al Hilal and Al Nassr descended into chaos – with three red cards in the final 30 minutes of the match.

That of Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr are looking to secure their first trophy of the season after missing out on the Saudi Pro League title to their opponent.

And it looked like they were going to miss out on another trophy when Aleksandar Mitrovic put Al Hilal ahead in the seventh minute.

There was then a brief injury scare for Ronaldowho collided with goalkeeper Bono before appearing to get his boot stuck in the grass.

Fortunately, the Portuguese captain was able to continue, although the sight of the 38-year-old on the pitch will have shaken his country's supporters ahead of Euro 2024.

Both teams went into halftime 1-0, but the chaos began shortly after the break.

Al Nassr goalkeeper David Ospina was shown a red card for diving at the feet of Al Hilal's Malcom and handling the ball, while comfortably outside his penalty area.

Defender Ali Al Bulayhi then received a second yellow card for Al Hilal, with Ayman Yahya scoring a spectacular equalizer in the 88th minute just seconds later.

Ancient Chelsea Star Kalidou Koulibaly then took Al Hilal down to nine men, receiving a second yellow card for a bizarre collision with the head of Al Nassr's replacement goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah.

Before the match, Ronaldo received his Golden Boot for finishing as top scorer in the 2023/24 season. Saudi Professional League.

In 2023, he was the top scorer in all major European top division championships, beating players like Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappé And Harry Kane.

After learning of the honor in December, he said: “I'm really proud. I'm going to continue, I feel good, I feel happy.

“Next year I’ll try to do it again.”

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Featured image credit: SSC

The subjects: Al-Nassr, Saudi Professional League, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer, Saudi Arabia

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