Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half brace inspires Al Nassr victory over Al Akhdoud

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning 40-yard lob as part of a quick-fire second-half double to help Al Nassr beat Al Akhdoud 3-0 in the Saudi Pro League.

The Portugal star chested down a loose ball and expertly lofted home from distance in the 80th minute after opposition goalkeeper Paulo Vitor raced out to clear the initial danger.

Ronaldo’s eye-catching finish was his 15th goal of the season and came just three minutes after he had doubled his side’s lead.

The 38-year-old’s first of the evening was a powerful finish from a tight angle following a fine touch to kill a dropping ball.

Victory for second-placed Al Nassr was their 11th from 14 games this term to move them a point behind leaders Al-Hilal.

Midfielder Sami Al Naji opened the scoring at Al-Awwal Park in Riyadh by slotting the ball home in the 13th minute before former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo took centre stage.