Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of lifting his first Saudi silverware have been dashed, after his team, Al-Nassr, fell to a 3-1 defeat against Al-Ittihad in the semi-final of the Saudi Super Cup on Thursday.

The victors will now face Al-Feiha, who recorded a surprise 1-0 victory over Al-Hilal earlier in the day, in the final on Sunday. Ronaldo, who was handed the captain’s armband for his second game with the league leaders, could have no complaints about the result.

Al-Ittihad scored twice during an impressive first-half performance, and Nuno Santo’s side managed to hold on fairly comfortably after Anderson Talisca pulled one back for Al-Nassr midway through the second half.

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