Al Hilal secures a crucial 3-0 victory against arch-rivals Al Nassr, with Serbian duo Sergej Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic shining. Explore the match highlights, goals, and the significant impact on the Saudi Pro League standings.
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⚽🏆 Al Hilal’s Commanding Win Breaks Al Nassr’s Streak
In a highly anticipated clash, Al Hilal emerged victorious against their fierce rivals, Al Nassr, with a convincing 3-0 scoreline at King Fahd Stadium on Friday. The Serbian duo, Sergej Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic found the net in the 64th, 90th, and 90+2nd minutes, respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo also rattled Yassin Bono’s net in the 73rd minute, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside call by the referee. Al Hilal’s Ali Al Bleihi received a red card in injury time for the second half, leaving the blue team to finish the game with a numerical disadvantage.
With this triumph, Al Hilal solidifies their position at the top of the Saudi Pro League table with 41 points, now 7 points clear of their closest pursuers, Al Nassr.
🌟🚀 Savic and Mitrovic Shine for Al Hilal
The star of the match was undoubtedly Serbian midfielder Sergej Savic, who showcased his brilliance with a header in the 64th minute, breaking the deadlock. Mitrovic added to the celebration with two goals in the closing moments, securing a comprehensive victory for Al Hilal.
Despite Ronaldo’s attempt to contribute with a goal in the 73rd minute, the disallowed strike added drama to the encounter. The disallowed goal, contested by Ronaldo and coach Luis Castro, was eventually validated by television replays, supporting the referee’s decision.
🔄🟥 Tactical Changes and Al Nassr’s Resilience
The first half witnessed numerous missed opportunities from both sides, with Al Nassr having a fair share of chances. The pace of the game was intense from the beginning, with Mitrovic almost opening the scoring in the third minute, capitalizing on a pass from Malcolm, only to miss the target.
Salman Al Dawsari had another chance for Al Hilal, receiving a ground cross inside the box, but he sent it just above the crossbar. The reigning Asian Player of the Year, Al Dawsari, later struck the crossbar for the second time, showcasing his skills but failing to convert.
The first half ended without goals, but not without action. Both teams created multiple opportunities, with the balance slightly tilting in Al Nassr’s favor.
🔄🔍 Analyzing the Second Half Dynamics
The second half started with less intensity compared to the opening, with the first quarter-hour seeing limited threats on both goalkeepers. Ronaldo’s shot in the 68th minute tested Yassin Bono, but the Moroccan goalkeeper made a crucial save.
Ronaldo’s frustrating night continued as his ‘flying’ rocket in the 73rd minute was disallowed due to offside. Despite strong protests from Ronaldo and coach Luis Castro, the decision stood after video review.
Mitrovic then stole the spotlight, scoring two consecutive goals in the dying minutes, securing Al Hilal’s victory and breaking Al Nassr’s 20-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
📉🌍 Impact on League Standings and Records
With this win, Al Hilal not only extended their lead in the Saudi Pro League but also halted Al Nassr’s impressive 20-match undefeated run across all competitions. Al Nassr, despite the defeat, continues their streak of not losing for 22 consecutive matches.
Al Hilal now stands firm at the top of the league table with 41 points, showcasing their dominance in the competition. The Serbian duo, Savic and Mitrovic, played pivotal roles in securing this crucial win.
Stay tuned for more updates on Al Hilal’s journey in the Saudi Pro League and their pursuit of championship glory. As they continue to showcase excellence on the field, football fans can expect more thrilling encounters in the upcoming matches.