N’Golo Kante rolls back the years with a stunning diving header for Al-Ittihad but it’s not enough to topple Al-Hilal…as the runaway Saudi Pro League leaders move NINE points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr

  • Al-Ittihad faced Al-Hilal in a heavyweight Saudi Pro League clash on Friday night
  • Kante joined the side from Chelsea last term, joining Benzema and Fabinho
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N’Golo Kante showed that, despite his advancing years, he’s still got it, after a superb acrobatic header in Al-Ittihad’s clash with Al-Hilal. 

The Chelsea legend moved to the Saudi Pro League from Stamford Bridge last summer and joined the likes of Karim Benzema and Fabinho at the club. 

Kante, not known for his goalscoring exploits, made a telling contribution early on in the heavyweight clash at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh when he latched onto a pinpoint cross after only 12 minutes. 

The 32-year-old flung himself at left-back Zakaria Al Hawsawi’s cross and produced a rarely seen diving header past the goalkeeper to open the scoring. 

Unfortunately for the away side, it proved to be an odd bright spark in an otherwise disappointing evening as the league leaders ran out 3-1 winners. 

N’Golo Kante’s second league goal for Al-Ittihad came in spectacular fashion on Friday night

Goals from Saleh Alshehri, Malcom and Saud Abdulhamid propelled Jorge Jesus’s side nine points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr in the league standings. 

Al-Ittihad, who won the title last term, have the opportunity to get their revenge when the sides reacquaint hostilities in the quarter-final of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday. 

Cristiano Ronaldo served a one-match suspension for making 'obscene gesture' during Al-Nassr's 4-4 draw against Al-Hazm on Thursday night

Cristiano Ronaldo served a one-match suspension for making ‘obscene gesture’ during Al-Nassr’s 4-4 draw against Al-Hazm on Thursday night

Kante has made 20 league appearances for Al-Ittihad this term, with Friday’s effort his second goal for the club. 

He has also chipped in with three assists in a campaign that sees the roster in fifth place, 25 points behind the leaders. 

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