Alex Telles scores free kick for Al Nassr after clever Cristiano Ronaldo tactic distracts goalkeeper
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Alex Telles netted his first goal for Al Nassr in their 3-1 win over Al Wehda on Saturday - thanks in no small part to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Manchester United left-back, who left Old Trafford in January, curled a free kick into the bottom left corner to give Luis Castro's side the lead in the 11th minute.
Goals from Abdulelah Al Amri and Ronaldo secured victory for Al Nassr, with Anselmo scoring a late consolation goal for the hosts.
But all the attention was on Telles' goal - and the tactic used by Ronaldo to enable him to score it.
It initially appeared if Ronaldo was standing in position to take the free kick, as he took up his usual wide-legged stance behind the ball.
He then took a step forward, but this was nothing more than a decoy as Telles ran up to the ball instead.
However, Ronaldo never took his eyes off opposition goalkeeper Munir throughout the sequence - and the shot-stopper's reaction after the ball went in says everything.
You can see the goal below.
As it turned out, Munir's movement to his left - appearing to be in anticipation of Ronaldo's strike - left him wrong-footed and unable to keep out Telles' eventual effort at goal.
Later on in the game, the Portuguese forward profited from a defensive error to score his 13th Saudi Pro League goal of the season.
A backpass header to the goalkeeper fell comfortably short of its target, and the 38-year-old latched on to the ball and poked it into the back of the net.
Al Nassr are currently second in the Saudi Pro League table, four points behind league leaders Al Hilal. The two sides face each other on December 1, in a fixture that could yet prove pivotal to the destination of this season's title.