Al Nassr won this Monday against Al-Shabab (2-5) and qualified for the semifinals of the Saudi Arabia Cup, a match whose central referee is Salvadoran Iván Barton.
“Neymar called me and asked me to keep the number 11 because he is coming back; We look forward to your return.”
Seko Fofana (17), Sadio Mané (28), Ghareeb (45 + 4), Cristiano Ronaldo (74) and Mohammed Maran (96) gave the group led by the Portuguese himself in the classification. The locals scored through Carlos Carvalho (24) and Bahebri (90).
After his goal and assist last Friday in the Arab League, Ronaldo hit the net again today and made his debut in the Cup, although it was difficult for him and he seemed to have been blanked.
Cristiano tried a few shots that went wide, but in the last half he was rewarded. A low right-hander after creating a wall with Otavio to score the fourth, his first of the competition and his 50th goal of 2023 in all competitions.
In this way, the ‘Bug’ remained unstoppable at the age of 38 and became the player with the most points in the last 12 months.
Al Nassr must now turn the page and focus on next Friday’s match against Al-Ettifaq led by the legendary Steven Gerrard and with Jordan Henderson in his ranks. The duel coincides with matchday 17 of the domestic tournament.
Meanwhile, referee Iván Barton continues to whistle on Asian soil and now he has the chance to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the spotlight.
Salvadoran referee Iván Barton reappears after the controversy against Honduras and is thus ‘given’
The Salvadoran whistler appeared again a few days ago in charge of the United Arab Emirates league in the duel between Al-Wahda and Al-Wasl. But this time he was assigned to Saudi Arabia.
Barton left a bitter memory for Honduran fans, because they pointed to him as the main person responsible for the elimination of Bicolor in the Nations League against Mexico in Azteca and who the play-offs will be held to will go to the Copa América 2024 against Costa Rica.