Al-Hilal defeated Al-Nassr 2-0 within the Riyadh Season Cup on Thursday, simply days earlier than the Rohsn Saudi League resumes after the break for the Asian Cup. It was the primary time to see lots of Saudi Arabia’s finest gamers in motion after the latest continental marketing campaign.
That ended sooner than hoped because of a penalty shootout defeat by the hands of South Korea however whereas Saudi Arabian followers might have been disillusioned because the nationwide group crashed out of the continental competitors on the second spherical they at the very least welcomed the return of home motion. There was loads of that to excite the observers on the Kingdom Area.
The league leaders, Al-Hilal, might not have been at their finest on the newly constructed enviornment, however they had been scientific when the possibilities got here and are nonetheless clearly the group to beat over the remainder of the season.
Two objectives within the first half did the injury for the league leaders who’re at the moment seven factors clear on the prime of the desk with 11 video games remaining. Each Riyadh giants fielded sturdy groups –Cristiano Ronaldo began for the Yellows-but it was the group in blue who had been on prime for a lot of the 90 minutes.
The primary purpose got here after simply 17 minutes. Saud Abdulhamid, one of many stars of the Asian Cup, superior down the correct to drag the ball again in the direction of a crowded penalty space. There was Sergej Milinlovic-Savic to calmly step ahead on the sting of the 18-yard field to brush a low shot dwelling previous the outstretched hand of Raghed Najjar. It was then 1-0.
Al-Hilal continued to stream ahead and Brazilian star Malcom got here near extending the lead for the 18-time champions although his shot from the sting of the world was well-saved by the Nassr goalkeeper. Quickly after, his Brazilian compatriot Michael danced round defenders on the sting of the world solely to see his shot blocked.
The one-goal distinction didn’t final lengthy as Salem Al-Dawsari made it 2-0 on the half-hour with an exquisite purpose. Fed by Malcom, the Asian Participant of the Yr took possession 30 metres from purpose after which superior to chip an ideal shot over Najjar from simply outdoors the world. Later within the sport Al-Dawsari appeared to choose up an harm however he left the pitch to a standing ovation from the Hilal followers.
As the sport progressed, Al-Nassr began to get on prime and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been taunted by the house followers with chants of ‘Messi, Messi’, turned extra influential. Ultimately nonetheless, Al-Hilal’s defence held agency in opposition to the blue tide.
Extra necessary is the league title and there’s a lot of soccer nonetheless to be performed. Al-Hilal are nonetheless prime of the standings and had been superior however Al-Nassr confirmed that they’ve what it takes to push their Riyadh rivals all the way in which. It guarantees to be an thrilling last third of the season.