Al-Nassr manager Luis Castro restored to an unconventional strategy to challenge the disallowed goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo against Al-Hilal in the Riyadh Derby on Friday, December 1.
The highly anticipated match at the King Fahd International Stadium ended in a disappointing three-nil defeat for Castro’s team against their local rivals, Al-Hilal, a clash that was considered a showdown between the top two sides in the ongoing Saudi Pro League.
Despite the remarkable performance by Al-Hilal, with goals from Serbian duo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic sealing their victory, the game was marred by several contentious decisions.
One such decision involved Ronaldo’s apparent equaliser before Mitrovic extended Al-Hilal’s lead.
Ronaldo’s disallowed goal
Sadio Mane delivered a precise cross to Cristiano, who expertly dodged Hilal’s defence and netted a powerful left-footed equaliser from inside the box, as cited by Fan Nation.
However, Ronaldo’s celebration was cut short as the assistant referee flagged the goal as offside, much to his frustration and his team’s dismay.
How Al-Nassr’s boss reacted to disallowed goal
In an attempt to challenge the officials’ ruling, Luis Castro approached the referee to argue that his star player was not in an offside position, thus asserting that Ronaldo’s goal should have been counted.
Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain, as the referee upheld the disallowed goal.
Subsequently, Al-Nassr’s disappointment was compounded when Mitrovic continued his impressive streak by scoring the second goal in the 89th minute, sealing the victory for Al-Hilal with another goal in added time, per the Straits Times.