Al-Hazm stuns Al-Nassr, securing a draw in an exhilarating 8-goal match.

Al-Hazm stuns Al-Nassr, securing a draw in an exhilarating 8-goal match.

Al-Nassr seized the lead on four separate occasions, courtesy of a hat-trick from Anderson Talisca and a late penalty converted by Sadio Mane. However, Al-Hazm promptly answered each time.

Following an offensive gesture made after his team's triumph over Al-Shabab, Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for the game by SAFF's Ethics and Discipline Committee.

On Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo found himself a mere spectator alongside 19,000 fans, witnessing Al-Nassr being unexpectedly held to a 4-4 draw by relegation-threatened Al-Hazm.


The Riyadh giants maintain their position as runners-up in the Roshn Saudi League, now trailing leaders Al-Hilal by six points with a game in hand.

In an astonishing match, the star-studded Al-Nassr side found themselves in the lead on four separate occasions, courtesy of Anderson Talisca's hat-trick and a late penalty converted by Sadio Mane. However, against all odds, the visiting team, initially at the bottom of the table, managed to equalize four times, securing a crucial point.

This added to what had been a tumultuous week for Ronaldo, who experienced a range of emotions from the stands: from joy to frustration, back to joy, and finally disbelief.

In the early hours of Thursday, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation's Ethics and Discipline Committee suspended the Portuguese star for one match after he was observed making an offensive gesture following his team's victory over Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday.

The home crowd chanted Ronaldo's name both before and seven minutes into the game, paying tribute to his jersey number. Ronaldo acknowledged the support with a raised fist.

Toze scored for the visitors midway through the first half, but his goal was disallowed for offside.

Al-Nassr seized the lead in the 31st minute when Sami Al-Najei was fouled in the box by Paulo Ricardo. After a VAR review, Talisca confidently slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Despite Al-Nassr's efforts to extend their lead, Al-Najei's goal immediately after halftime was disallowed for offside.

The Yellows' disappointment grew as Ahmad Al-Mhemaid equalized with a header in the 55th minute from a corner that Al-Nassr failed to clear.

Just after the hour mark, Talisca restored Al-Nassr's lead with another goal, only for Toze to equalize four minutes later, raising offside suspicions.

Both teams struggled defensively, leading to Talisca completing his hat-trick in the 71st minute with a majestic header from an Alex Telles cross.

With six minutes left in regulation time, Al-Hazm equalized again as Faiz Selemani capitalized on poor defending, making it 3-3.

In the 91st minute, Al-Nassr were given a lifeline as Al-Hazm goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen fouled Meshari Al-Nemer in the box. Mane converted the penalty, seemingly securing the win.

However, in the 100th minute, Al-Nassr failed to clear a ball into the box, allowing Ricardo to score from close range.

As the final whistle blew, disbelief filled the stadium. Ronaldo shook his head, Talisca sat on the field, and the atmosphere turned desolate.

Amidst the silence, the sound of Al-Hilal fans celebrating their potential nine-point lead, should they defeat Al-Ittihad on Friday, could almost be heard.

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