Al-Nasr regained the tone of victories after inflicting the first loss on its traditional rival Al-Hilal this season by defeating it 2-0, in the confrontation hosted by King Fahd International Stadium in the capital, Riyadh, in a confrontation postponed from the eighth stage of the Mohammed bin Salman Professional Cup League, on Thursday.
Al-Nassr performed a distinguished performance in the first half, led by its Argentine coach, Angel Rosso, while Al-Hilal continued its fluctuating performance, as it did not appear at its well-known level.
Al Hilal’s attacking start was when French striker Bafetimbi Gomez missed a goal after 9 minutes after receiving a pass in front of the goal by his Brazilian teammate Matthews Pereira, but he hit the ball in the arms of goalkeeper Walid Abdullah.
Victory responded quickly when its Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar scored a goal, but the referee canceled it for offside.
Al-Nasr continued its attack, and its Brazilian player Talisca almost scored the first goal after rising to the cross of his colleague Sultan Al-Ghannam to turn the ball with his head, but it went outside the goal.
Al-Hilali’s response was present when his Malian striker, Moussa Marega, passed a pass to his colleague Salman Al-Faraj, who hit the ball towards the goal, but it found defender Abdulelah Al-Omari, who intercepted it and kept it away from his team’s net.
And in the 39th minute, Cameroonian striker Vincent Abu Bakr scored the first goal after he skillfully penetrated Al Hilal’s defense and hit the ball smartly to land in the net of goalkeeper Abdullah Al Mayouf.
Before the end of the first half, French striker Bafetimbi Gomez scored the equalizer, but the referee canceled it because of a mistake on his Brazilian teammate Pereira before the goal.
In the second half, Al Hilal imposed its absolute control and began its offensive attempts in search of the equalizer, while Al Nasr closed its defensive areas and relied on counter-attacks.
Al-Hilal faced great difficulties in penetrating the victory defense, as it did not have serious opportunities, especially in the first half hour.
Al-Hilal had a dangerous opportunity for its defender, Yasser Al-Shahrani, who rose to the cross of his Malian colleague Moussa Mariga and turned the ball with his head, but it found defender Abdulelah Al-Omari, who pushed it away from the goal.
And at the 90+1 minute, the Brazilian player Talisca decided the match for his team by scoring the second goal after receiving a pass from his Cameroonian colleague Vincent Aboubakar to set the goal and put the ball into the net.
With this result, Al-Nasr’s balance rose to 20 points to advance to fifth place, a point behind Al-Hilal, the fourth-ranked team, which has a postponed match against the leaders Al-Ittihad of Jeddah.