Al Hilal clinched a crucial 2-0 win against their rivals, Al Shabab, with goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Aleksandar Mitrović. Read about the match highlights and its impact on the Saudi Arabian Pro League standings.
In a high-stakes match in the Saudi Arabian Pro League, Al Hilal continued their impressive run by securing a vital 2-0 victory over their local rivals, Al Shabab. This intense clash took place at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh as part of the eighth round of matches in the league.
Al Hilal‘s Senegalese midfielder, Kalidou Koulibaly, opened the scoring in the 68th minute, followed by a goal from Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrović in the 76th minute. These goals solidified Al Hilal’s position at the top of the league table, one point ahead of their closest competitors, Al Ittihad and Al Taawoun. Meanwhile, Al Shabab remains in the eleventh position with 8 points.
The first half of the match saw Al Hilal launching relentless attacks against Al Shabab’s defense. Cristiano Ronaldo missed two opportunities in the opening fifteen minutes of the game.
In the 23rd minute, the referee initially awarded a penalty to Al Hilal, citing a handball by Hussein Al-Qahtani, an Al Shabab player. However, after consulting the VAR system, the referee overturned the decision.
Another penalty opportunity came Al Hilal’s way in the 37th minute when Iago Santos fouled Al Hilal’s player, Sergej Milinković-Savić. Neymar stepped up to take the penalty but failed to convert it.
In the 56th minute, Koulibaly unleashed a powerful shot that narrowly missed the target.
Al Shabab’s Yannick Carrasco had a golden opportunity to score in the 59th minute with a powerful shot from outside the box, but it hit the post.
In the 61st minute, the referee disallowed a goal by Al Hilal’s Robin Neves due to an offside call.
As Al Hilal continued to press forward, Kalidou Koulibaly found the back of the net in the 68th minute following a brilliantly executed corner kick by Neymar. Koulibaly’s powerful header left the goalkeeper with no chance.
Al Hilal extended their lead in the 76th minute as Aleksandar Mitrović, following a delightful pass from Neymar, managed to score. Although the goalkeeper initially saved Mitrović’s shot, the Serbian forward made no mistake with the rebound, securing victory for his team.
In a thrilling match, Al Hilal emerged victorious against a determined Al Shabab side, with goals from Koulibaly and Mitrović. This win has significant implications for the Saudi Arabian Pro League standings as Al Hilal solidifies their position at the top of the table.