Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) and Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad), two of Europe’s most potent duos at the most prestigious clubs, have endured mixed results in the Middle East.
Ronaldo’s side Al Nasr reached the quarterfinals of the Arab Club Champions League 2023 with a 3-1 victory over Razza Casablanca (Morocco) at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Saudi Arabia on June 6 (local time).
Ronaldo scored the opening goal of the match. In the 19th minute, he pounced on a ball from Talisca with his left foot and slotted the ball into the back of the net. Two more goals in the second half gave Alnasr a 3-1 victory.온라인바카라
In addition to Ronaldo, the game featured other recent European soccer stars such as Sadio Mane and Brozovic.
Al-Nasr will face Iraqi team Al-Shorta in the quarterfinals.
While Ronaldo cruised, his veteran teammate Benzema struggled.
Benzema and Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga in 2009 and played together for 11 seasons until 2018, winning multiple La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo then moved on to Manchester United before joining Alnasr last year. Benzema left Real for Al Ittihad ahead of this season.
[Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)=AP/News]Benzema at the welcome ceremony at Al Ittihad. June 8, 2023.
Benzema’s club Al Ittihad lost 1-3 against Al Hilal in the quarterfinals at King Fahd Stadium in Taif, Saudi Arabia, on June 5.
Benzema missed a penalty in the 34th minute of the second leg after falling behind 1-3.
In addition to Benzema, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Oh’s former Celtic teammate Jota played at the Etihad but were unable to prevent their team from losing.
Their opponents, Al-Hilal, also featured a host of European stars, including Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, and Koulibaly.