Al Nassr Boss Blames Ronaldo for Saudi Super Cup Elimination

Al Nassr Boss Blames Ronaldo for Saudi Super Cup Elimination

  • Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia has rued his side's missed opportunities
  • The team stumbled to defeat during their Saudi Super Cup semi-final tie
  • Cristiano Ronaldo missed an opportunity to break his goalscoring duck

Al-Nassr coach, Rudi Garcia has appeared to put the blame for his side's elimination from the Saudi Super Cup on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Garcia's charges, led by their new superstar, bowed out of the competition at the semi-final stage following a 3-1 loss to Al-Ittihad on Thursday evening.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Al-Nassr, Saudi Super Cup, blame
Al Nassr boss Rudi Garcia laid some of the blame on star signing Cristiano Ronaldo following his side's Saudi Super Cup exit. Photo credit: Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images @AlNassrFC_EN/Twitter
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Romarinho broke the deadlock after 15 minutes before Moroccan striker, Abderrazak Hamdallah doubled the lead for Al-Ittihad just before half-time.

In-form Brazilian, Anderson Talisca managed to halve the deficit with 23 minutes left on the clock, only for Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti to quench any hopes of a comeback, as Al-Ittihad punched a ticket to the final, per MARCA.

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Reflecting on his side's exit, Garcia identified a chance missed by Ronaldo as the moment which turned the tie away from Al-Nassr's favour.

"One of the things that changed the course of the match was Cristiano Ronaldo's missed opportunity in the first half," the ex-Olympique Lyon coach told reporters, as quoted by SportBIBLE.

However, Garcia was quick to congratulate Al-Ittihad on the win.

"[Al-Ittihadd] presented a much better first half than us, and we played a good second half, but unfortunately, we were not able to adjust the result."

Below is Ronaldo's missed chance:

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Highlighting his poor day at the office is a video making the rounds on social media, where the star tries to outsmart his marker with a dribble.

In the video, Ronaldo deployed the elastico trick synonymous with Ronaldinho, but an Al-Ittihad defender stretched out his leg to halt the move.

Al-Nassr suffer Saudi Cup heartbreak

Sports Brief earlier reported on Ronaldo suffering a chastening defeat in his second competitive game for Al-Nassr.

The former Manchester United forward captained his new side for a second time, but ended up on the losing side.

Following a 3-1 loss against Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr exited the Saudi Super Cup and delayed more silverware for the veteran.