As Al Nassr leave the Saudi Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo remains scoreless


After losing 1-0 to a 10-man Al-Wehda team in the semifinals on Monday night, Al Nassr were eliminated from the Saudi King Cup of Champions. Jean-David Beauguel scored the game's lone goal for Al-Wheda in the game's 23rd minute, and Abdullah Al-Hafith was dismissed early in the second half for a second yellow card offense.

Despite needing only a goal and being up a man for the last 40 minutes of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr could not find the back of the net.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player saw his only shot on the night -- a close-range effort in the first half -- saved by Al Wehda goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi and was seen shaking his head in frustration and raising his voice toward the coaching staff as the teams went into the dressing room at the break.

Al Nassr had likely expected easy passage into the final to play Al Hilal, who beat Saudi Pro League leaders Al Ittihad 1-0 on Sunday but couldn't overcome an Al-Wehda team they'd beaten 4-0 on Feb. 9, with Ronaldo scoring all four goals.

It's been a fairly rough season for Ronaldo, who moved to Saudi Arabia at the end of last year, with Al Nassr sitting in second place behind Al Ittihad in the table with the season reaching the business end of the schedule.

After a falling out with Man United manager Erik Ten Hag, the out-of-favor Portugal international signed on with Al Nassr in December. Ronaldo had few chances to play elsewhere before joining the Saudi club.

Ronaldo's emotions have gotten the better of him on several occasions. Most recently, he narrowly avoided a red card in last Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Al Hilal when he took down an opposing player with a flying headlock.

Al Nassr is three points behind leaders Al Ittihad with six games to play.

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