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Al Ahli vs. Al Nassr live score, result, updates, highlights, lineups from the Saudi Pro League

Al Nassr will look to bounce back from the AFC Champions League heartache when they take on Al Ahli in the Saudi Pro League.

A comeback from 3-0 down on aggregate to force a penalty shoot-out against Al Ain was not enough for Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates as the Abu Dhabi side prevailed to reach the semifinals.

Al Hilal have an eight-point advantage at the top of the Saudi top flight and defeat for Al Nassr tonight would have Al Ahli just three points behind them in third.

Former Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez and ex-Liverpool favourite Roberto Firmino are among the star names in Matthias Jaissle’s side.

The Sporting News is following Al Ahli vs. Al Nassr live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

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Al Ahli vs Al Nassr live score

  1st Half Goalscorers
Al Ahli  
Al Nassr  

Lineups:

Al Ahli (4-2-3-1, right to left): 18. Edouard Mendy (GK) — 27. Ali Majrashi, 28. Merih Demiral, 3. Roger Ibanez, 31. Saad Balobaid — 40. Ali Al-Asmari, 79. Franck Kessie — 7. Riyad Mahrez, 10. Roberto Firmino, 97. Allan Saint-Maximin  — 20. Feras Al-Buraikan

Al Nassr (4-2-3-1, right to left): 26. David Ospina (GK) — 23. Ayman Yahya, 78. Ali Lajami, 27. Aymeric Laporte, 15. Alex Telles — 17. Abdullah Al-Khaibari, 77. Marcelo Brozovic — 29. Abdulrahman Ghareeb, 25. Otavio, 10. Sadio Mane — 7. Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Al Ahli vs Al Nassr live updates, highlights, and commentary

18th minute: It’s a bit scrappy at the moment. Mahrez clumps into Otavio in a sliding challenge were both somehow late for.

15th minute: Cute pass from Al-Khaibari that Ghareeb dummies for Ronaldo, who shifts around Demiral and goes down. The free-kick goes Al Ahli’s way, which is an odd one.

12th minute: Ibanez goes charging out to Mane on the flank, brings him down and that’s an obvious booking. Just 78 minutes to avoid his third consecutive red card! What a loose cannon.

7th minute: Mahrez with a dreamy first touch from a crossfield ball but Telles sticks to his task, makes the block and the ball cannons back into the right winger for a goal kick.

6th minute: Al Ahli carve down the left channel and Telles needs to make an excellent challenge to deny Mahrez on the end of Firmino’s cross.

5th minute: Ibanez, who remarkably has been sent off on his past two starts, goes into a challenge on Mane. It’s firm as you’d expect from man with that rap sheet, but it’s a fair one.

2nd minute: Ball into the Al Ahli box is nodded a cross goal. Demiral looks to hold Ronaldo off and catches him in the neck with his arm. A bit of a painful one but understandably no penalty claims.

1st minute: Al Ahli get us underway. Then Al-Buraikan handles it and Al Nassr have a free-kick in the centre circle.

2 mins before kickoff: Ronaldo and Firmino come together for the coin toss and exchange pendants. Both star forwards are all smiles.

5 mins before kickoff: Here come the teams at King Abdullah Sports City. It’s a big and raucous crowd backing their side. The green, white and black tifo welcoming the sides reads “HORROR SQUAD”. Bet it’s even more intimidating in October.

30 mins before kickoffThis feels like a big night for Al Nassr head coach Luis Castro. Rudi Garcia has already lost his job during the Ronaldo era. Although they won 3-2 on the night against Al Ain, Al Nassr were unable to avert Champions League elimination after a run of three games without a win across all competitions. At this juncture, it would take a remarkable collapse for Al Hilal not to win the Saudi Pro League title. That would be their fourth in a row, so coming second to them is one thing. If Al Ahli also threaten to overhaul Al Nassr it’s hard to see Castro staying in a job too much longer.

55 mins before kickoff: Here’s how the hosts line up. Plenty of familiar names for Premier League fans. Edouard Mendy, Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin and Roberto Firmino all present and correct.

1 hour before kickoff: The teams are in. David Ospina and Aymeric Laporte return to bolster an Al Nassr backline that was breached three times in their absence on Monday.

1 hr 30 mins before kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the heavyweight Saudi Pro League clash between Al Ahli and Al Nassr.

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr kick off time

This Saudi Pro League match at the King Abdullah Sports City kicks off on Friday, March 15 at 10 p.m. local time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories around the globe:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Fri, Mar. 15 3 p.m. ET
Canada Fri, Mar. 15 3 p.m. ET
UK Fri, Mar. 15 7 p.m. GMT
Australia Sat, Mar. 16 6 a.m. AEDT
India Sat, Mar. 16 12:30 a.m. IST

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr lineups, team news

Al Ahli are just six points behind Al Nassr, in third spot in the table, and they are also pushing for a place in the AFC Champions League in 2024/25. 

Roger Ibanez returns following a one-game ban with former Premier League stars Roberto Firmino and Riyad Mahrez set to lead the attack.

Al Ahli (4-2-3-1, right to left): Mendy (GK) — Majrashi, Demiral, Ibanez, Balobaid — Al-Asmari, Kessie — Mahrez, Firmino, Saint-Maximin  — Al-Buraikan.

Despite their frustration against Al Ain, Luis Castro’s squad have to pick themselves up and power on in the Saudi Pro League, as a top-three finish still secures qualification for next season’s AFC Champions League.

Spain international Aymeric Laporte returns after missing out against Al Ain through suspension, while David Ospina is back between the posts.

Al Nassr (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ospina (GK) — Ayman, Lajami, Laporte, Telles — Al-Khaibari, Brozovic — Ghareeb, Otavio, Mane — Ronaldo.

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr live stream, TV channel

  TV channel Streaming
USA Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes Fubo, Fox Sports app/website
Australia 10 Play
Canada DAZN
UK DAZN
India Sony TEN 2  Sony LIV, JioTV

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