Saudi League: Moment Al Akhdoud Players Argued Over Who To Take Penalty Then Referee Cancels It

Saudi League: Moment Al Akhdoud Players Argued Over Who To Take Penalty Then Referee Cancels It

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Al Akhdoud endured a moment of embarrassment during their Saudi League tie with Al-Nassr
  • The 16th-placed side fell to a 3-0 humbling defeat at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo's side
  • However, the talk of the game was an incident involving a number of Akhdoud players arguing over a penalty

The resumption of club football in the Saudi Pro League after the final international break brought a flurry of captivating moments.

The Al-Awwal Park witnessed one such incident during Al-Nassr's clash with underdog side Al Akhdoud.

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Players of Al Akhdoud were involved in an argument over who to take a penalty. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN @TheNassrZone
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The Knights of Najd, unbeaten in their last 18 games across all competitions, initiated the match with Anderson Talisica and the league's top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, pressing for an early breakthrough.

Yet, the unexpected goal came from an unlikely source: Sami Al Naji, making his seventh appearance this season.

Al Naji capitalized on a brilliant team build-up, slotting home after a slick assist from Sultan Al Ghannam, per Arab News.

The goal awakened the visitors, with Godwin Saviour and veteran Leandre Tawamba causing headaches for Al-Nassr's defence.

Arguing players swerved with penalty call

A nervy moment ensued when Al Fatil was suspected of a handball in the box, initially denied by the referee but subjected to VAR review.

During this tense pause, Al Akhdoud's players debated over who would take the potential penalty.

However, the review revealed an offside, stunningly cancelling out the penalty opportunity and sparking relief among the home crowd.

Here is the video:

Unfortunately, their argument did not help matters, as a brace from Ronaldo in the second half sealed all three points for Al-Nassr as they narrowed the gap between themselves and Al-Hilal, according to the Independent.

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Ronaldo shines as Al-Nassr thump Al Akhdoud

In an impressive display, the Knights of Najd secured a commanding 3-0 win against Al Akhdoud, courtesy of Ronaldo's remarkable brace and Sami Al Naji's first goal of the season, Sports Brief reported.

This win brings Al-Nassr within touching distance of league leaders Al-Hilal, trailing by only a point, despite playing an additional game.

Next up for Ronaldo and the team is a clash with Persepolis in the AFC Champions League on Monday, November 27.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.