Al Nasr manager Rudy Garcia has blamed Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo after Al Alami lost 3-1 to Al Ittihad yesterday Thursday in the semi-finals of the Saudi Super Cup.
43 minutes into the first half, with Al-Nasr trailing with an unanswered goal, Ronaldo got the perfect opportunity to equalize as the Portuguese star got a cross from the right, climbed high and shot it. head, but goalkeeper “Al-Ittihad” Brazilian Marcelo Groe brilliantly blocked the ball.
🧤 Grohe’s historic save allowed Hamdallah to add a second goal ⚽️#Union _ Victory| #SSK pic.twitter.com/bq0RmC5TdD
— Saudi Sports Company SSC (@ssc_sports) January 26, 2023
Seconds after this waste, Moroccan striker Abdel Razzaq Hamdallah added a second goal to Al-Ittihad to complicate the winning mission of returning to the result.
Garcia believes the result could have been different if Ronaldo had been more determined in the match.
During the post-match press conference, the French coach assured reporters: “One of the game-changing moments was Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed opportunity in the first half.”
Coach Rudy Garcia #victory after losing #Union: chance #ronaldo This changed the course of the match.. Unfortunately, we could not go back to the result and reach the penalty spot 🗣️#field | #Nasr _ Union | #Saudi _ Super Bowl _pic.twitter.com/o2Xo9oxAvP
– Sports ground (@ MidanAlYaum) January 26, 2023
After this defeat, Al-Nasr said goodbye to the first tournament with his star Ronaldo.
Al-Ittihad, on the other hand, set the date for the Saudi Arabian Super Cup final with Al Faihaa, who qualified at the expense of defending champions Al Hilal by defeating him with an unanswered goal.