Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr continue their Saudi Pro League title charge as they visit Al Feiha for their second straight road match on Sunday.
Al Nassr remain one point back of leaders Al Ittihad who took over the top spot after winning the most recent head-to-head matchup back in early March. Ronaldo and company must keep pace and bide their time to pounce on any potential slip.
Today’s opponents Al Feiha sit 10th in the table but have just one win in their past six league games. They did, however, manage to take Al Ittihad to penalties in the King Cup of Champions quarterfinals back in mid-March.
Al Ittihad have a matchup with 13th-placed Al Wehda, so both clubs will be expected to win. If either should come up short, the title race could take a big swing.
The Sporting News will be following the Al Feiha vs Al Nassr match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr live score
Al Feiha (5-4-1, right to left): 88. Stojkovic (GK) — 22. Al Baqawi, 2. Al-Rashidi, 4. Al-Khaibari, 33. Al-Shuwaish, 3. Al Mutairi — 27. Mandash, 18. Paulinho, 10. Ruiz, 7. Trajkovski — 9. Nwakaeme.
Al Nassr (4-2-3-1, right to left): 44. Alaqidi — 2. Al Ghannam, 5. Amri, 21. Gonzalez, 13. Konan — 18. Gustavo, 17. Alkhaibari — 23. A. Ahmed, 94. Talisca, 29. Ghareeb — 7. Ronaldo.
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr live updates, highlights, commentary
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr: First Half
7th min: There’s a super awkward moment where Al Nassr defender Abdulelah Al Amri blasts a clearance off the arm of his teammate Abduullah Alkhaibari in their own penalty area, but the midfielder’s arm is straight down by his side.
5th min: Chance, Al Nassr! WHAT A SAVE by Al Feiha goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic! He makes a point-blank stop on Ayman Ahmed, who’s in position on the doorstep to meet a low, driven cross from the left. That seemed a sure goal!
3rd min: Al Feiha have looked energetic in the early going, able to venture forward and get into the attacking third. A deflected Talisca shot ends up at Cristiano Ronaldo’s feet, but he’s offside.
Kickoff: The match is under way from Al Majma’ah! The 7,000 seat stadium is situated in the central Saudi Arabia capital with a population of just 95,000 people.
Al Nassr are in grey kits, while Al Feiha are in pretty slick orange shirts.
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more
12 mins to kick: Al Nassr’s blue warmups are pretty cool looking! Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of his squad are nearly ready to take the field.
15 minutes till the match 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vpEDpaMMWK
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 9, 2023
29 mins to kick: While Ronaldo gets all the attention and plaudits at Al Nassr, and rightly so, his line mate Talisca is also having a wonderful season in the Saudi league. The Brazilian signed a new contract with the club back on Friday, which could go a long way towards debunking murmurs that he’s unhappy with Ronaldo’s arrival at Al Nassr.
the story continues 💛💙 @musalli9 pic.twitter.com/WLWRt1n4zC
— Andersontalisca (@talisca_aa) April 6, 2023
48 mins to kick: With the Al Feiha lineup submitted, Nigerian forward Anthony Nwakaeme leads the line. Normally a wide attacker, Nwakaeme will start inside, although he will likely drift out near the touchline to allow playmaker Victor Ruiz to meander forward on occasion.
The 34-year-old Nwakaeme is a new arrival this season from Turkish club Trabzonspor, and there are already rumors the club want him back after having spent four years with the Super Lig side.
🔙 GERİ Mİ DÖNÜYOR?
🔴🔵 Trabzonspor’da yeni yönetim Anthony Nwakaeme transferi için geri sayıma geçti. Bordo-mavili kurmaylar, yeni sezonun ilk transferini Nijeryalı yıldız ile yapmayı planlıyor.
(🗞️ Akşam) pic.twitter.com/mzK2SVJMdC
— Fotomaç (@fotomac) April 7, 2023
75 mins to kick: The Al Nassr lineup is out a bit early, and as we expected, Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the way. His attacking partner Talisca starts as well, with very few surprises elsewhere.
97 mins to kick: Last time these two teams met, Al Nassr came away with a resounding 4-0 victory, but that doesn’t come close to telling the story of the match.
The score was 0-0 until the 74th minute when Luiz Gustavo scored a Saudi Pro League goal of the season contender to put Al Nassr ahead. The Brazilian was critical to the eventual scoreline, scoring again plus picking up an assist, but this was the pick of the lot by far.
⚽️ ALNASSR GOAL ⚽️
One of the finest goals in the league 💫
Gustavo made this goal from far away 🏟️🔥
Remember the final score? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/EsmDMR4N6U
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 8, 2023
120 mins to kick: While Cristiano Ronaldo has been slamming in goals for his new Saudi club — now with 11 in nine league games to start his Al Nassr career — his rival Lionel Messi has passed a key number of his back in Europe. Messi scored for PSG in a 2-0 victory over Nice, giving him 702 club goals in Europe, passing Ronaldo’s mark of 701.
Yet Man City boss Pep Guardiola thinks Erling Haaland, who reached 30 goals in the Premier League with a bicycle kick against Southampton, has eclipsed them both!
Pep Guardiola on the comparison of Haaland to Messi and Ronaldo 🗣 pic.twitter.com/skY4iHv85k
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 9, 2023
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr lineups & team news
Al Fayha head coach Vuk Razovic has a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of this game with key pair Victor Ruiz and Aleksandar Trajkovski set to return to the starting lineup.
Al Feiha confirmed starting lineup (5-4-1): Stojkovic (GK) — Al Baqawi, Al-Rashidi, Al-Khaibari, Al-Shuwaish, Al Mutairi — Mandash, Paulinho, Ruiz, Trajkovski — Nwakaeme.
Al Feiha subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
تعرّف على قائمة الفهود التي اختارها السيد فوك رازوفيتش لمباراة #الفيحاء_النصر #الفيحاء #مع_الفيحاء#دوري_روشن_السعودي pic.twitter.com/p8ajHRm8UX
— نادي الفيحاء السعودي (@Alfaihaclub) April 9, 2023
‘Pity’ Martinez and David Ospina are the only absentees for Rudi Garcia ahead of this game. The former Argentina international sidelined until next season with a knee injury, while the Colombian goalkeeper is recovering from surgery.
The man who has stepped in for Ospina in goal, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, suffered a head injury late in the last match and had to be replaced in stoppage time, but he was seen laughing on the bench in the aftermath, so it’s presumable that he’s ok to continue filling in. Sami Al Najei, however, was withdrawn in the 20th minute of that match with a muscle injury that could keep him out for some time.
Al Nassr confirmed starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Alaqidi — Al Ghannam, Amri, Gonzalez, Konan — Gustavo, Alkhaibari — Ahmed, Talisca, Ghareeb — Ronaldo.
Al Nassr subs (9): Rossi (GK), Mado, Al Sulaihem, Boushal, Marran, Al Hasan, Masharipov, Majed, Lajami.
🗒 || Starting lineup,@AlNassrFC vs #AlFayha pic.twitter.com/d8rHrYv8Bx
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) April 9, 2023
How to watch Al Feiha vs Al Nassr
Local broadcasters in selected countries have acquired the rights to televise or stream the Saudi Pro League, while fans in other countries can subscribe to streaming platform Shahid for complete coverage.
According to LiveSoccerTV, the following networks are carrying this match:
|Date & Time||TV channel||Streaming|
|Australia||Mon, Apr. 10
|Canada||Sun, Apr. 9
|Hong Kong||Mon, Apr. 10
|India||Mon, Apr. 10
|Sony TEN 2||Shahid, JioTV, SONY LIV|
|Malaysia||Mon, Apr. 10
|—||Astro Go, sooka|
|New Zealand||Mon, Apr. 10
|Singapore||Mon, Apr. 10
|UK||Sun, Apr. 9
Sky Sports on YouTube
|USA||Sun, Apr. 9
Al Feiha vs Al Nassr betting odds & lines
to score Y / N
|Over / Under
|10/1||9/2||2/9||1/1, 8/11||8/15, 11/8|