Saudi League: Ronaldo bags hat-trick, Mane scores in Al-Nassr 6-0 rout of Al-Wehda

Saudi League: Ronaldo bags hat-trick, Mane scores in Al-Nassr 6-0 rout of Al-Wehda

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, and Senegalese forward Sadio Mane scored one and assisted two others to help Al-Nassr to a six-nil thrashing of Al-Wehda in the Saudi Pro League on Saturday.

Ronaldo took his season tally to 32 league goals, while former Liverpool forward Mane found the back of the net just before the halftime break for his 19th goal this season and his 13th in the league.

Al-Nassr broke the deadlock with Ronaldo in the first five minutes. The Portuguese forward, who benefited from a mistake from the goalkeeper, slotted the ball into the bottom corner to break his two-game goal drought in the Saudi Pro League.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner doubled his side’s lead seven minutes later with a thumping header from close range following an accurate cross from Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

Ronaldo’s countryman, Otavio, made it three for the home team in the 18th minute. The midfielder brought down a pass from Mane before chipping the goalkeeper with a deft touch from inside the opposition box.

Al-Nassr’s fourth goal involved the two men again, but this time, Mane was on the receiving end of an Otavio pass. After a short one-two between the both of them, Mane beat one defender before hitting a low strike into the bottom corner to make it three goals in two league games.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick seven minutes after the restart. The 39-year-old, who received a through pass from Mane, finished it off with a left-footed strike that left the goalkeeper with no chance.

Substitute defender Mohammed Al-Fatil got on the score sheet two minutes before the end of regulation time to seal the victory for Al-Nassr and extend their unbeaten streak in the league to seven games since they lost to Al-Raed.

With four matches left in the Saudi Pro League, Luis Castro’s side is currently on 74 points, nine points behind league leaders Al-Hilal, who have a game in hand.

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