Cristiano Ronaldo was stunned after Al-Batin left-back Abdullah Al-Yousef produced a brilliant sliding clearance to stop him from scoring for Al Nassr.
Ronaldo looked nailed-on to score his ninth Saudi Pro League goal of the season after he had dribbled around the Al-Batin keeper in the 34th minute of Friday’s game.
But Al-Yousef raced back and got to the ball just before it reached the goal.
Although Ronaldo did not get his name among the goal scorers, his teammates Abdulrahman Ghareeb, Al Fatil, and substitute Mohammed Maran ensured Al-Nassr picked a vital win to reclaim the top spot., per EuroSport.
It looked for much of the game as though Al-Yousef’s brilliant clearance was going to help Al-Batin record only their second Saudi Pro League win of the season.
The underdogs had taken an early lead courtesy of a 17th-minute header from Uruguayan striker Renzo Lopez.
Al-Batin held that lead until deep into the second half when Al Nassr struck three goals in stoppage time to earn a 3-1 win to stay top of the table.
None of those goals were scored or assisted by Ronaldo but the former Real Madrid forward was visibly delighted by his team’s late comeback.
Watch a video of the clearance below.
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