The sixth round of the Saudi Professional League witnessed many events after returning from the international break, but Neymar’s strong start with Al Hilal overshadowed the continuation of the successful partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, Karim Benzema’s “knee” goal, and even Riyad Mahrez’s injury to food poisoning.
Everything that the magician Neymar Jr. did against Riyadh 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/UbLLPtPCs6
– Coverage of Al Hilal matches 🎥🔥 (@mohd_media909) September 15, 2023
A stunning view of Neymar
Brazil’s all-time top scorer, Neymar, participated for the first time with Al Hilal as a substitute in the 63rd minute against Riyadh, helping to turn the score from 2-1 to 6-1. The Brazilian international passed a decisive ball to his compatriot Malcom, and also caused a penalty kick and contributed to two other goals by Nasser and Salem Al Dosari.
A hat-trick that brings Al-Nassr to the 12th point
– Saudi Sports Company SSC (@ssc_sports) September 16, 2023
Ronaldo and Mane partnership
As for the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Senegalese Sadio Mane, they scored together for the fourth match in a row during the 3-1 victory over Al-Raed, and in this series Al-Nasr scored at least 3 goals in each match, compensating for the bad start of the season by losing in the first two matches, and Ronaldo tops the scorers’ rankings with 7 goals, by One goal for Mane and Al-Dosari.
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Ronaldo breaks up the fight with the penalty point
The last minutes of the same match witnessed a funny and strange incident when Mohamed Fawzier and his colleague Karim Al-Barkawi disagreed about taking a penalty kick despite their leading team trailing 3-0, and each player insisted on shooting, but was unable to take the penalty. Their coach, Igor Jovicevich, was able to resolve the dispute that lasted for minutes, before he was sent off. Ronaldo intervened to break up the fight after forcing Al-Barkawi to move away, and Fawzir executed the kick brilliantly in the “Panenka” style to reduce the difference to two goals.
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Mahrez resists poisoning
For his part, the Algerian Riyad Mahrez said that he spent a night in the hospital because of spoiled food, but the Algerian national team captain took it upon himself to contribute the next day to Al-Ahly’s 3-2 victory over Al-Taawoun, and compensate for the harsh 5-1 loss from Al-Fateh in the round. In the past, Mahrez scored the first goal from a free kick.
He threatened! ⚽
The first goals for Al-Ittihad from Karim Benzema ⚽🔥
– Saudi Sports Company SSC (@ssc_sports) September 14, 2023
As for Frenchman Karim Benzema, he found a new way to score with the knee in a difficult victory for Al-Ittihad with a clean goal at Al-Akhdoo, compensating for its loss in the summit against Al-Hilal 4-3 before the stoppage.
The defending champion has 15 points, like Al-Ahly, one point behind leaders Al-Hilal, and Al-Nasr has 12 points, in sixth place, one point behind Al-Ettifaq and Al-Taawoun.