Jordan Henderson escapes a red card despite inciting a BRAWL

Jordan Henderson escapes a red card despite inciting a BRAWL after shoving Otavio to the ground TWICE during Al-Ettifaq’s 1-0 King Cup defeat to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr

  • Al-Ettifaq suffered a 1-0 defeat to Al-Nassr in a King Cup of Champions clash 
  • Sadio Mane scored a extra-time winner in a bad-tempered match-up in Riyadh
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Former Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson escaped a red card in a heated King Cup clash between Al-Ettifaq and Al-Nassr. 

His old Reds colleague Sadio Mane scored an extra-time winner to send the Cristiano Ronaldo-led squad in the quarter-finals but it was the actions of Henderson at the end of regular time that grabbed the headlines. 

Following a trip on Al-Nassr forward Otavio, by Al-Ettifaq midfielder midfielder Ali Hazazi, Henderson forcefully backed up his team-mate a twice shoved the Portuguese international to the ground. 

Al-Nassr players, including Ronaldo, were incensed by the altercation as both sets of players came together in the closing stages of an ill-tempered tie. 

Remarkably, the 33-year-old escaped a red card despite his central role in the scuffle, while Hazazi was dismissed by the referee. 

Jordan Henderson escaped a red card despite shoving Al-Nassr forward Otavio twice 

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s side had the last laugh as a late Mane winner saw them advance 

After the final whistle an irate Ronaldo could be seen confronting Henderson, who sought to calm down the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.  

Al-Nassr, who had earlier seen forward Talisca sent off in first half stoppage time, eventually had the last laugh as Mane netted to send them through.

The win extended the Riyadh-based side’s unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions this season. They sit four points behind table-toppers Al-Hilal after 11 games. 

Al-Ettifaq, who are managed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, have not fared as well this term and are seventh in the standings. 


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