Coach Luís Castro, formerly of Botafogo, will have a lot of work to do in charge of Al-Nassr. This Thursday afternoon (20), the Saudi club suffered the second consecutive thrashing in this pre-season and was defeated by 4-1 to Benfica, in an international friendly held at Estádio Algarve, in Portugal. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo among the starters, the Saudis saw the Portuguese team dominate the match from start to finish and easily built the scoreboard.
The great highlights of the match were the top scorer Gonçalo Ramos, who scored two goals, and the Argentine Di María, who made his debut with Benfica’s shirt and opened the scoring for the triumph this Thursday. In addition, Schjelderup completed the triumph of the Portuguese. On the other hand, Al-Nassr secured the goal of honor with Al Ghannam at the end of the first half.
In addition, another move that drew attention in the match was the hat (or sheet) that Di María gave Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half. Then, the Portuguese star fouled his former Real Madrid teammate.
Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo üzerinde bir şeyler deniyor. 👀pic.twitter.com/9HTAUruITi
— EPL Günlükleri (@EPL_Gunlukleri) July 20, 2023
In this way, coach Luís Castro saw his team suffer another defeat against a technically stronger opponent. Before facing Benfica, Al-Nassr was knocked over by Celta de Vigo, from Spain, by the score of 5 to 0. Thus, the Saudis conceded nine goals in the last two matches.
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Finally, this was Al-Nassr’s last commitment in Portuguese territory. Afterwards, Al-Nassr leaves for Japan, following the pre-season, and will challenge PSG and Inter Milan, on the 25th and 27th of July.
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