Neymar goes from penalty zero to Al-Hilal hero! Saudi Pro League winners and losers as Brazilian star finally shows up while Cristiano Ronaldo rides to Al-Nassr's rescue

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With the Saudi Pro League season now in full swing, the latest round of matches produced yet more drama as the title race begins to take shape in the Middle East. After eight matches, it is Al-Hilal who sit top of the pile after Neymar inspired them to victory over Al-Shabab on Friday.

That win saw them leapfrog defending champions Al-Ittihad, who were held to a goalless draw by Al-Feiha, while Cristiano Ronaldo's late penalty ensured Al-Nassr stretched their winning run to six league games and climbed into the top four for the first time this season.

Alas, what was tipped as the game of the weekend failed to live up to expectations, as Al-Ahli drew 0-0 with Al-Ettifaq. Steven Gerrard's side will be the happier of the two teams, however, with Ahli continuing to slide down the table having won just one of their last four league games.

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