Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2023: Al Hilal claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Al Nassr in a pulsating Riyadh derby, extending their lead atop the Saudi Pro League table. The match was overshadowed by a controversial offside decision that ruled out a Cristiano Ronaldo goal for Al Nassr.
The opening exchanges were a tense affair, with both teams wary of committing any costly mistakes. Al Nassr, buoyed by the presence of Ronaldo, looked the more threatening side, with the Portuguese superstar creating a couple of early chances.
Al Hilal gradually grew into the game and were rewarded for their persistence in the 29th minute when Salem Al Dawsari unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the box that found the back of the net. The goal sparked a flurry of Al Nassr attacks, but Al Hilal’s defense held firm.
In the 76th minute, Ronaldo thought he had equalized when he slotted home from close range after a scramble in the box. However, the goal was ruled offside after a lengthy VAR review, much to the frustration of the Al Nassr players and fans.
Al Nassr continued to press for an equalizer in the closing stages, but Al Hilal’s resolute defending ensured they held on to secure a crucial victory. The win puts Al Hilal four points clear of Al Nassr at the top of the table and extends their unbeaten run to 14 matches.
- Al Hilal 1-0 Al Nassr
- Goal Scorer: Salem Al Dawsari (29′)
- Controversial offside decision rules out Cristiano Ronaldo goal
- Al Hilal maintain their dominance atop the Saudi Pro League table.
- Al Nassr’s title hopes suffer a blow.
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration mounts as his search for a first goal in the Riyadh derby continues.