Cristiano Ronaldo netted a second-half equalizer for Al-Nassr in their AFC Champions League clash Monday, sparking a three-goal comeback.
Cristiano Ronaldo chipped the keeper from a tight angle to level the match, while teammate Anderson Talisca added a brace over the next 15 minutes to make it 3-1 before the closing stages of the match.
The Saudi Pro League side were stunned in the first half when Senin Sebal opened the scoring, his shot squirming under Al Nassr goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi to give the team from Tajikistan the lead against the run of play.
In Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo gets everything he wants, but unlike some other veteran players, he gives back. Before he's a king, he's a soccer player who gives his all in every match.
Whether it's the UEFA Champions League or its Asian counterpart, a remote pitch in Saudi Arabia or Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo gives it his all. This has led to a crazy start to the season with 10 goals and five assists in just seven league games.
Ronaldo's equalizer put them in a great position to advance out of the group stage, but Talisca's brace has them in pole-position with two wins out of two in the ACL.
It was turning into a difficult night for Luis Castro's men, until Ronaldo's delicate chip just after the hour mark to level the scores – following the superstar striker's attempt to whip up the home crowd, encouraging them to raise the decibel level at the King Saud University Stadium.
It was Cristiano Ronaldo's first ever goal in the AFC Champions League and it's hard to see it being his last, given his talismanic role for his team.
With Otavio and Sadio Mane rested, Abdulrahman Ghareeb starred on the left flank for the hosts, but it was Anderson Talisca who netted with two fine finishes to give Al Nassr all three points. That ensured there was no further worry for Ronaldo, Castro or the home supporters.