Al-Nassr left it until the last minute to turn around a game that saw them 1-0 down to bottom-placed Al-Batin, ultimately winning the match in injury time.

On Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team survived a huge scare as they managed to come from behind to win 3-1 against Al-Batin, who currently sit at the bottom of the Saudi Pro League. Despite the last-minute comeback, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t make it onto the score sheet. His best effort of the game was cleared off the line early on.

The bigger picture was that the home fixture against Al-Batin, who have only won once in the Saudi Pro League all season, was the perfect opportunity for Al-Nassr to leapfrog Al-Ittihad at the top of the table. However, they fell behind just 17 minutes into the game thanks to a goal from Renzo Lopez and couldn’t find a way back into the contest despite dominating possession.

In the first half, Ronaldo rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball towards an open goal but saw his effort hooked off the line. His claims for a penalty early in the second half were then waved away as Al-Nassr continued to probe, but Ronaldo struggled to carve out any clear chances. However, with 12 minutes of added time announced at the end of the game, Al-Nassr drew level through Abdulrahman Ghareeb in the 93rd minute, before goals from Mohammed Al-Fatil and Mohammed Maran completed the comeback and secured all three points.

While the victory is the most important thing, it was a frustrating evening for Ronaldo following a brilliant February in Saudi Arabia, where he won the Player of the Month award for his performances.

The three points for Al-Nassr against the league’s bottom side make their next fixture against title rivals Al-Ittihad all the more exciting. The two teams will clash on March 9, where all eyes will once again be on Ronaldo and his impact on the game.

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