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In a matchup without Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Al Nassr defeats Inter Miami 6-0

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<p>Al Nassr resoundingly defeated Inter Miami 6-0, as a calf injury sidelined Cristiano Ronaldo, robbing fans of an eagerly anticipated face-off with Lionel Messi. The latter, confined to a late substitute role, witnessed the Thursday friendly in Riyadh.</p>
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<p>Ronaldo’s aforementioned injury compelled Al Nassr to abandon their scheduled two-game tour of China last week, depriving him of a potentially final encounter with his long-standing adversary, Messi.</p>
<p>The duo boasts a cumulative tally of 13 Ballon d’Or awards, with Messi clinching the prestigious honor for a record eighth time in the preceding year. Their most recent clash occurred in January 2023, when Ronaldo featured in a Saudi select team narrowly defeated 5-4 by Messi’s PSG.</p>
<p>However, the spotlight shifted to Brazilian Talisca, who stole the show with a hat-trick, orchestrating the Saudi Pro League side’s dismantling of their Major League Soccer opponents, scoring thrice within the initial 12 minutes.</p>
<p>The opening goal came from Otavio, capitalizing on Miami’s lapse in possession as they attempted to play out from the back, prompting Ronaldo to rise from his seat in applause.</p>
<p>Talisca, with a sliding effort, secured Al Nassr’s second, capitalizing on Miami’s defensive error near their own box. Aymeric Laporte showcased the goal of the night, exploiting Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender’s advanced position with a long-range free-kick from deep within his own half.</p>
<p>Talisca notched his second from the penalty spot shortly after half-time, and Mohammed Maran added a looping header, compounding Miami’s distress.</p>
<p>Despite the presence of former Barcelona luminaries such as Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, the American side clearly struggled, affected by a demanding pre-season tour. Talisca completed his treble, mimicking Ronaldo’s signature celebration, before Messi made a brief appearance in the final seven minutes, with his team trailing by six goals.</p>
<p>Miami proceeds with their preparations for the upcoming MLS season, commencing on February 21, embarking on games in Hong Kong and Japan after encounters with El Salvador and fellow MLS side FC Dallas in the Middle East.</p>
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