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Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Portuguese was missing in action but Mane made sure of victory for the home side.

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Al Nassr started their SPL game at home to Al Fayha on Friday evening without the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo.


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The Nasrawi did not have to rue his absence as Sadio Mane came in handy for Luis Castro’s side.

The Senegalese scored twice despite missing a penalty to send the Knights to victory.

The 3-1 win confirms their participation in the next edition of the Saudi Super Cup as well as the AFC Champions League.

Abdulelah Al Amri was the other scorer for the home side while Fashion Sakala, who also saw red got the solitary goal for the visitors.

Meanwhile…

Al Tai travelled to Riyadh to face Al Riyadh and returned with a dramatic late win against their hosts.

Leonardo Ramos was recently appointed to lead the club out of relegation and his campaign couldn’t have asked for a better start than Friday evening’s.

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After going ahead through Bernard Mensah in first half stoppages, the home side clawed back in the 59th minute through Abdulhadi Al Harajiin.

However, the away side sealed victory in a dramatic fashion thanks to Khalid bin Shuwayyi’s own goal in the twelfth minute of second half added time.

The win takes Al Tai off the relegation places and into 14th place on the log, a place ahead of Al Riyadh.

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