Al Nassr and Inter Miami played out a 1-1 draw in their second pre-season tour game in Japan on Thursday, during which Cristiano Ronaldo was replaced at half-time.
The scoring opened midway through the first half when Abdulrahman Ghareeb netted Al Nassr. Inter Milan responded just before half-time with Davide Frattesi’s equalizing goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar who made headlines when he joined Al Nassr from Manchester United in January, was part of the action before being substituted at half-time. His arrival in Saudi football drew global attention to the sport in the country.
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Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move, the Public Investment Fund, one of the world’s wealthiest sovereign wealth funds, continued to attract top talents to Saudi clubs from Europe’s major leagues.
For instance, French striker Karim Benzema made a move from Real Madrid to Al Ittihad.
Alex Telles, who followed in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps by joining Al Nassr from Manchester United, also made his first start during the game in Osaka.
The Brazilian left-back had a significant impact, creating a clear chance in the 20th minute, which Talisca nearly converted with a header, saved by Inter goalkeeper Filip Stankovic.
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In the 23rd minute, Abdulrahman Ghareeb found the back of the net beautifully after receiving a chipped pass from Talisca, giving Al Nassr the lead.
Despite opportunities for Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa to equalize, it was Davide Frattesi who successfully headed in a cross from Denzel Dumfries, securing the equalizer for Inter in the 44th minute.
At half-time, both teams made mass substitutions, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the field.
In the second half, Martinez missed a couple of golden chances, but neither team managed to break the deadlock, resulting in Al Nassr’s second draw of the week after their goalless match against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.