PSG was stopped by Ronaldo’s Al-Nasr. PSG got off to a good start in the pre-season but stumbled in the second game. On the other hand, Saudi Arabian club Al-Nasr has turned around after losing two matches in a row. Cristiano Ronaldo stopped the Parisians.
PSG and Al-Nasr played out a goalless draw at the Nagai Stadium on Tuesday (July 25).
Although Portuguese star Ronaldo was present in the match held in Japan, PSG’s two stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. were not present. The match lost color at the beginning with the absence of two of the top three stars in the current world. PSG did not keep Mbappe in the team for the tour of Asia because he did not renew his contract with the team. On the other hand, Neymar did not enter the field because he was not fully fit due to injury.
Despite the absence of two big stars, PSG dominated the game. The Parisians took 13 shots with 65 percent possession. Out of which 7 were on goal. Although they did not see the face of success. In contrast, 3 of the 9 shots taken by Al-Nasr were on goal. They also failed to put the ball in the net.
Ronaldo, however, had the opportunity to lead the team in the 16th minute of the match. But his header in the D-box was not well placed and did not reach the net. After 6 minutes, PSG forward Noah Lemina failed to score in a one-on-one position. Ronaldo’s powerful shot from the D-box in the 29th minute did not hit the net for a while. 10 minutes later he disappointed the Al-Nasr fans once again. He received a teammate’s cross six yards out but couldn’t send it into the net. PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma skillfully returned his soft shot.
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Ronaldo took a bi-cycle kick after receiving a team-mate’s cross in the D-box just before the break. However, the Portuguese star’s shot was not on target. Al-Nasr coach picked up 38-year-old Ronaldo in 66 minutes. PSG dominated the rest of the match. But despite trying hard, they could not send the ball into the net. Neymar watched the entire match sitting in the dugout of PSG.
PSG’s next match is against Japanese club Cerezo Osaka on July 28. A day before that, Ronaldo will play against Inter Milan. Earlier, the Parisians beat La Havre 2-0 in the first match of pre-season preparations. On the other hand, despite winning against Alversa and France, Ronaldo’s team was crushed against Celta Vigo and Benfica. They lost 5-0 and 4-1 respectively in two matches.