Union tightens its grip on the lead

Union tightens its grip on the lead
Union tightens its grip on the lead
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Riyadh: Al-Ittihad tightened its grip on the top of the Saudi Football League after beating its host Al-Raed 2-1 on Friday at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Buraidah, in the opening of the seventeenth round matches.

Al-Ittihad advanced with two goals from Moroccan Abdel Razzaq Hamdallah (21) in his first match in his new team shirt, coming from Al-Nasr and Brazilian Romarinho Da Silva (85 from a penalty kick), while he scored for Moroccan pioneer Mohamed Faouzir (90 + 2).

Al-Ittihad, which achieved its seventh consecutive victory, raised its score in first place to 38 points, while Al-Raed’s balance froze at 24 points in sixth place.

Al-Raed almost surprised his guest a minute after the start of the whistle, had it not been for the brilliance of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, who saved the Moroccan Karim Berkawi’s ball, while Al-Ittihad responded two minutes later through the latter’s citizen Hamdallah, who received a ball on the outskirts of the penalty area and aimed it strong over the crossbar.

From a coordinated attack, Al-Ittihad succeeded in opening the scoring when Abdul Razzaq Hamdallah received a ball, which he headed to the right of goalkeeper Ahmed Al-Rahili (21).

In the second half, there was a dangerous opportunity for Al-Raed, but the Portuguese Eder Lopez played the ball easily in the arms of Grohe (67), and the post denied Al-Ittihad a goal when he blocked Hamdallah’s ball before returning to Abdul Rahman Al-Aboud, who threw it over the crossbar (69), so Al-Ittihad obtained a kick A penalty that was successfully executed by the Brazilian Da Silva to the left of Ahmed Al-Rahili (85).

In the second minute of stoppage time, Al-Raed scored the honor’s goal with a powerful shot from a distance from Fozier that settled to the right of Grohe.

In a second match, the same tie between Al-Ittifaq and Al-Shabab was imposed 2-2 at Prince Muhammad bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam.

Al-Ittifaq advanced with two goals at the end of the first half, scored by Brazilian Sousa (33) and Slovakian Philip Kis (37), while Al-Shabab rose up in the second half with goals from Ahmed Sharahili (60) and Brazilian Carlos Junior (64).

Al-Ettifaq raised its score to 19 points in ninth place, while Al-Shabab raised its score to 33 points in second place.

The first half was even, and from a coordinated attack, the agreement was able to cut the bar of goals when Azzaro passed the ball to the Brazilian Sousa, playing it strong to the left of Fawaz Al-Qarni (33), to consolidate his lead with a second goal when the Slovakian Filipkis climbed to a corner that he followed heading into the net (37).

In the second half, Al-Shabab managed to bridge the difference when defender Ahmed Sharahili received a ball inside the penalty area and hit it hard, hitting the post and entering the goal (60), to return and equalize three minutes later when the Brazilian Carlos Junior received a cross ball that he played with a strong scissor inside the goal (64).

The crossbar sympathized with the agreement when it blocked the Nigerian ball, Odion Ighalo (66), before Abdullah Al-Owaishir starred and saved his goal by blocking Hattan Bahbri (67), so that Al-Shabab continued its control in search of a third goal and the agreement in turn for the three-point goal, but without changing the result .

In a third match, Riyad Sharahili led his team Abha to a fatal victory over Al-Batin 1-0 by scoring the three-point goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for the second half at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in Mahalla.

Abha raised its score to 22 points in eighth place, while Al-Batin’s balance froze at 15 points in fifteenth place.

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