Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad are fierce rivals in the Saudi Pro League, the top division of Saudi Arabian football. They have faced each other 95 times in the league since 1976, with Al-Ittihad winning 38 times, Al-Nassr winning 32 times, and 25 draws[^1^]. They have also met in other competitions, such as the King Cup, the Crown Prince Cup, the Saudi Super Cup, and the AFC Champions League.
One of the most memorable matches between them was the 2019 Saudi Super Cup final, which was held in London, England. Al-Ittihad took the lead in the first half through a penalty by Romarinho, but Al-Nassr equalized in the second half with a goal by Abderrazak Hamdallah. The match went to extra time, where Al-Nassr scored two more goals by Giuliano and Nordin Amrabat to win the trophy for the first time in their history.
Another memorable match was the 2020-21 Saudi Pro League matchday 5, which was played on September 18, 2020. Al-Ittihad stunned Al-Nassr with a 3-1 victory at Al-Awwal Park, thanks to goals by Abdulrahman Al-Aboud, Igor Coronado, and Bruno Henrique. Al-Nassr’s only goal was scored by Sultan Al-Ghanam. The result ended Al-Nassr’s unbeaten run of 26 matches in the league and gave Al-Ittihad their first win over Al-Nassr since 2017.
The most recent match between them was the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League matchday 17, which was played on December 26, 2023. Al-Nassr avenged their previous defeat by beating Al-Ittihad 4-2 at King Fahd International Stadium, with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr from Juventus in the summer of 2023. The other goals were scored by Anderson Talisca and Abderazzak Hamdallah for Al-Nassr, and Fahad Al-Muwallad and Bruno Henrique for Al-Ittihad.
The rivalry between Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad is one of the most intense and exciting in Saudi Arabian football, as both teams have passionate fans and talented players. They have produced many thrilling matches and memorable moments over the years, and they will continue to do so in the future.