WWE superstars meet Saudi’s Al-Nassr players before Riyadh Super ShowDown

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WWE stars mixed with players from Al-Nassr. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)
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WWE superstar Ricochet. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)
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Superstar Mansoor with Tag Team champions The New Day at Riyadh. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)
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Naomi gets ready to rumble in the Super ShowDown ring. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)
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Bayley - you wouldn't want to mess - will be defending her title. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)
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Updated 27 February 2020

WWE superstars meet Saudi’s Al-Nassr players before Riyadh Super ShowDown

  • The Super ShowDown at Riyadh will take place on Thursday
  • Superstar wrestlers spent the day rubbing shoulders with Al-Nassr football stars

The WWE superstars spent the last 24 hours before tonight’s Super ShowDown engaging with members of the press, meeting members Saudi National League football champions Al-Nassr and visiting The Boulevard in Riyadh.

 The highly anticipated showdown takes place tonight at Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard, the third WWE event hosted in the Kingdom in just over a year, following the Super ShowDown in Jeddah last February and crown Jewels in Riyadh in October.

Having delighted members of the local and international press by joking and taking selfies with them at media event earlier in the day, the likes of Goldberg, Ricochet, The Miz and John Morrison, Naomi and Bayley, and local hero Mansoor spent the afternoon exploring the city, and meeting fans, in the afternoon and early evening.

The Miz and John Morrison in their non-ring attire. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)

Robert Roode, Andrade and Angel Garza, along with Faisal Kurdi and Hussain Aldaqal, two rising Saudi stars from the WWE Performance Centre, headed to Al-Nassr’s training ground to meet the players, management and senior figures, before taking part in keepy-uppy sessions and a penalty shoot-out.

Before the WWE superstars departed, they presented Al-Nassr, who claimed the Saudi title last season, with a WWE championship belt.

Meanwhile, some of the WWE superstars headed to The Boulevard in Riyadh where they posed for iconic images as they prepare to perform at Super ShowDown in KSA on Thursday night.

Tag-team The New Day were joined by Saudi star Mansoor. (Mark Conlon/Seven Media)

Tag-team The New Day were joined by Saudi star Mansoor at one of Riyadh's most famous locations, and the venue for tonight's event, which takes place at the Mohammed Abdu Arena.

The New Day will be taking on The Miz and John Morrison in one of many exciting encounters taking place tonight.

Also on the card is Ricochet taking on WWE legend and champion Brock Lesnar for the championship belt; Bayley defending g her title against Naomi in the SmackDown Championship; and Goldberg taking on “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in the Universal Championship Match.

‘Loved and appreciated’ Bale starts as Spurs win, Celtic undone by Milan

Updated 23 October 2020

‘Loved and appreciated’ Bale starts as Spurs win, Celtic undone by Milan

PARIS: Gareth Bale said it felt good to be “loved and appreciated” after helping Tottenham to a 3-0 win over LASK of Austria in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Welsh international started his first match since his return from Real Madrid and played for an hour before Jose Mourinho gave him a break.
Bale had come on as a substitute last Sunday with Tottenham 3-0 up against West Ham before his team collapsed to give up a 3-3 draw.
“It is amazing to be back,” Bale told BT Sport on Thursday.
“It is a big reason why I play well and why I came back. You want to be loved and appreciated. I will give everything for this shirt.”
However, he admitted it will take time to find his feet.
“I am a bit stiff. It is like a mini pre-season for me and I am trying to get minutes into the legs,” he said.
Despite Bale starting, it was on-loan Carlos Vinicius who made an impressive debut in the Group J opener.
Vinicius started in place of the resting Harry Kane and he made goals in either half for Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min, while he would have also netted himself had Andres Andrade not scored an own goal.
Bale made that goal where Andrade put through his own net.
Leicester made the perfect start in Group G with a comfortable 3-0 win over Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine.
James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho were on the scoresheet.
In Glasgow, Celtic struggled against Serie A leaders AC Milan who were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Rade Krunic and Brahim Diaz.
Mohamed Elyounoussi reduced the arrears after the break, but Jens Petter Hauge broke clear to secure Milan’s Group H 3-1 win in stoppage time.
Milan were so comfortable that they could afford to take off Zlatan Ibrahimovic just after the hour.
Earlier Thursday, Arsenal came from behind to down Rapid Vienna 2-1 and Rangers beat Standard Liege 2-0.
After a goalless first half Arsenal went behind when keeper Bernd Leno fluffed a clearance on a night he will want to forget.
Taxiarchis Fountas capitalized on Leno’s clanger, much to the joy of the 3,000 home fans allowed in to watch under coronavirus safety protocol, but the Gunners then turned the game around in four second half minutes.
David Luiz put them level with a deft glancing header off Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then tapping home to bag the three Group B points.
It was an eventful night for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Alongside eight yellow cards, there was an eye-catching display from Thomas Partey on his first start since his transfer deadline day move from Atletico Madrid.
A frustrated follower of the game from his London sofa was Mesut Ozil, who has been left out of both Arsenal’s Europa League and Premier League squad.
“When I can’t support on the pitch tonight, I will support in front of the TV in London.” tweeted Ozil.
The other Group B game was being played out in Dublin where Dundalk, only Ireland’s third ever representative in the group stage, were beaten 2-1 by Norwegians Molde.
In Belgium, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers took on Standard Liege fresh from their Old Firm derby win over Celtic which moved them four points clear in the Scottish Premiership last weekend.
James Tavernier scored from the spot after Noe Dussenne handled in the area to put them into a 19th minute lead.
Then three minutes into stoppage time Kemar Roofe produced a wonder goal from the halfway line, the ball flying over the head of bewildered keeper Arnaud Bodart.
Benfica had claimed the first goal of the night and they went on to beat Lech Poznan in Poland 4-2 in the other Group D game.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen ran riot 6-2 against French side Nice and Spanish side Granada, in their first ever European campaign, beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1.