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PSG beat Ronaldo-led Riyadh XI in 5-4 goal fest

PSG vs Al Nassr-Al Hilal Saudi All-Star XI Match Highlights: Lionel Mesi-led PSG defeated Cristiano Ronaldo-led Saudi side 5-4

ristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in his first game in Saudi Arabia since signing for Al Nassr. The Portuguese international led the Saudi All Star XI in a friendly fixture against Paris Saint Germain in Riyadh. The European giants won 5-4, with both Lionel Messi – Ronaldo’s long-time rival – and Kylian Mbappe also on the scoresheet.

It was a huge occassion for Saudi Arabia, with the match an entertaining prospect for the first hour. Messi scored in the first few minutes, Ronaldo won a penalty to equalise. The Portuguese would equalise again to even out Marquinhos’ goal, before PSG took control in the second, thanks to a Kylian Mbappe penalty. The Frenchman was, by far, the best player on the night.

Lineups: PSG: Navas; Hakimi, Ramos, Marquinhos, Bernat; Ruiz, Soler, Sanches; Messi, Neymar, Mbappe. 

Al Nassr-Al Hilal XI: Al Owais; Al Ghanam, Soo Jang, Al Bulayhi, Abdulhamid;  Kanno, Gustavo, Pereira; Carilloa, Talisca, Ronaldo.

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