Riyadh Derby: Explosive X Thread Shows How Al Nassr Were Allegedly ‘Robbed’ Against Al Hilal

Riyadh Derby: Explosive X Thread Shows How Al Nassr Were Allegedly ‘Robbed’ Against Al Hilal

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 3, 2023 at 11:56 AM
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  • Al-Hilal thrashed Al-Nassr in the first Riyadh Derby of the 2023/24 season
  • Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score, but Al-Nassr fans claimed they were 'robbed' during the game
  • An X user posted a thread of the alleged 'corruption' instances

Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr were well beaten by bitter rivals in the Riyadh Derby Al-Hilal in a top-of-the-table clash on Friday, December 1.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a brace after his fellow Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had scored the opener for Al Hilal, but the match was marred by instances that fans termed as 'corruption'.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr struggled in the Riyadh Derby. Photos by Khalid Alhaj/MB Media and Michael Regan.
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Ronaldo, who is enjoying a great run of form, failed to score and walked off the pitch with exuberant chants of "Messi, Messi, Messi!" ringing in his ears. He responded by sending kisses to a delighted Al-Hilal crowd at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

The win saw Al-Hilal stretch their lead on top of the Saudi Pro League to seven points. Al-Nassr remains second with 34 points after 15 games.

Despite not scoring in the derby, Ronaldo is still SPL's top scorer with 15 goals, but Mitrovic is slowly catching up. The Serbian striker has 13 goals, per Transfermarkt.

Was Al-Nassr 'robbed' against Al-Hial?

The game had several questionable officiating decisions, which rubbed Al-Nassr and Ronaldo fans the wrong way.

A thread on X by Erlingtxt listed a list of video evidence of alleged corruption during the Riyadh Derby.

The first video shows Ronaldo being taken out by Al-Hilal's goalkeeper, Yassine Bono. Before that, however, Ronaldo's teammate Anderson Talisca pushed an Al-Hilal defender.

In the 72nd minute, a cross was sent into the box, which Ronaldo finished expertly but was ruled out for offside. That was a highly contentious decision.

Another video showed Al-Nassr's Seko Fofana being tripped in the box towards the end of halftime, but no penalty was given.

Another showed a handball in the box by an Al-Hilal player, a stamp on Talisca and Ronaldo getting pushed into the box. There were several instances where Al-Nassr fans thought they had been hard done by, and their coach, Luis Castro, showed the referee his phone when ROnaldo's goal was ruled out.

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Castro backs Al-Nassr to challenge SPL

Sports Brief also reported that Luis Castro remains resolute about Al-Nassr's championship ambitions despite their recent loss to Al-Hilal in the Riyadh Derby on December 2.

Castro maintains a firm belief in his team's capability to contend for the championship. Addressing reporters post-match, the 61-year-old boldly asserted, “The league isn't decided yet.”

While expressing confidence in their title aspirations, the former Shakhtar Donetsk manager subtly criticized the match officials, implying that their decisions unfairly impacted his team.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.