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Abu Dhabi Fans Mock Ronaldo with Messi Chants as Super Cup Ends in Red Card Drama

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In a tumultuous turn of events at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Monday night witnessed Cristiano Ronaldo, the renowned football icon, embroiled in controversy during a heated Saudi Super Cup semifinal match.

Amidst an ill-tempered clash between Al Nassr and Al Hilal, Ronaldo found himself at the center of a storm, culminating in his expulsion from the game and igniting a touchline melee.

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The match had initially seemed poised in favour of Al Hilal, with second-half goals from Brazilian striker Malcolm and Saudi’s World Cup star Salem Al Dawsari putting them in a comfortable position.

However, the game took a dramatic turn in the 86th minute when Ronaldo, in a moment of frustration, committed a cynical foul on Al Hilal’s Ali Al Bulayhi. As Al Bulayhi crashed to the ground, tempers flared, and players from both sides were drawn into a heated confrontation.

The referee swiftly intervened, brandishing a straight red card to the Portuguese superstar for his indiscretion. Ronaldo’s frustration boiled over further as he raised his fist in defiance towards the official, further escalating tensions on the pitch.

Amidst the chaos, Al Hilal supporters seized the opportunity to taunt Ronaldo with chants of Messi, adding insult to injury for the beleaguered star.

Despite a late consolation goal from Sadio Mane for Al Nassr in the 99th minute, it proved to be too little, too late to alter the outcome. Al Hilal emerged victorious, advancing to the final amidst the dramatic scenes witnessed in the dying moments of the match.

Al-Hilal sets their sights on clinching a fourth Saudi Super Cup title as they prepare to face Al-Ittihad in Thursday’s final showdown.

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Earlier in the day, Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate, Karim Benzema, made headlines of his own by scoring an early goal for Al-Ittihad, propelling them to a 2-1 victory over Al-Wehda in the first semifinal encounter.

The incident involving Ronaldo serves as a stark reminder of the intensity and passion that often characterizes football at the highest level.

As the dust settles on this gripping encounter, all eyes now turn towards the eagerly anticipated final, where Al Hilal and Al-Ittihad will battle it out for supremacy in the Saudi Super Cup.

 

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