Sadio Mane made a winning start to his Al Nassr career on Wednesday, winning a penalty that was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo to help the Saudi Pro League side reach the final of the King Salman Cup.
The Senegalese forward burst through the defence of Iraqi champions Al Shorta in the 75th minute before being brought down in the box. The referee initially waved away Al Nassr’s appeals, but VAR intervened to award the penalty.
Ronaldo stepped up to convert the spot kick and give his side a 1-0 victory. It was the Portuguese superstar’s 17th goal in all competitions for Al Nassr this season.
Mane, who joined Al Nassr from Bayern Munich this month, had a quiet game by his standards but he was still influential in the build-up to the penalty. He was also a constant threat to the Al Shorta defence, and he will be hoping to add to his goal tally in the final.
Al Nassr will face the winner of the other semi-final between Al Hilal and Al Taawoun in the King Salman Cup final on August 20.
The win over Al Shorta was a good start for Mane and Ronaldo in their new partnership at Al Nassr. The two stars have the potential to be one of the most lethal attacking duos in the world, and they will be looking to fire their side to silverware in the coming months.