RIYADH. Al Hilal was ultimately too good for Al Ittifaq with the goal of Odion Ighalo (15′), Mohamed Kanno (34′) and Salem Al-Dawsari (90′). Al Hilal was decisively superior in terms of ball possession (69%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium stadium in Riyadh on Saturday and it started at 8:30 pm local time. The referee was Daniele Orsato with the support of Alessandro Giallatini and Ciro Carbone. The 4th official was Abdullah Al-Harbi. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 20.1 degrees Celsius or 68.14 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 45%.
Al Hilal was in firm control of the ball 69% while Al Ittifaq was struggling with a 31% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Al Hilal was more pushing with 75 dangerous attacks and 16 shots of which 7 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Al Hilal won the match.
Al Hilal shot 16 times, 7 on target, 5 off target. Talking about the opposition, Al Ittifaq shot 7 times, 0 on target, 4 off target.
Al Hilal received 1 yellow card (Ali Al-Boleahi). Talking about the opposition, Al Ittifaq received 3 yellow cards (Robin Quaison, Faisal Al Ghamdi and Ali Abdullah Hazzazi).
After this encounter, Al Hilal will have 39 points to sit in the 4th place. Talking about the opposition, Al Ittifaq will stay with 23 points like Abha to remain in the 12th place.
In the next match in the Pro League, Al Hilal will play away against Al Adalh on the 19th of May with a 3-0 head to head record in favor of Al Hilal (0 draws).
Al Ittifaq will play away agasint Al Adalh on the 30th of May with a 3-0 head to head in favor of Al Ittifaq (0 draws).
Al Hilal – Formation
Al Hilal started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Ramón Ángel Díaz decided to play with the following team: Abdullah Ibrahim Al Maiouf, Hyun-Soo Jang, Mohammed Al Burayk, Ali Albulayhi, Saud Abdullah Abdul Hamid, Gustavo Leonardo Cuéllar Gallego, André Martín Carrillo Díaz, Salman Mohammed Al Faraj, Mohammed Kanoo, Michael Richard Delgado de Oliveira and Odion Jude Ighalo.
The home team had on the bench: Salem Mohammed Al Dawsari, Abdullah Ibrahim Otayf, Khalifah Aldawsari, Abdullah Alhamddan, Muath Muath, Saleh Khalid Al Shehri, Mohammed Yahya Jahfali, Nasser Al Dawsari and Mohammed Khalil Al Owais.
Al Hilal made 4 changes: Gustavo Cuéllar for Salem Al Dawsari (61′), Michael for Abdullah Alhamddan (87′), Odion Ighalo for Saleh Al Shehri (87′) and Mohammed Al-Burayk for Muath Muath (90′).
Al Ittifaq – Formation
Al Ittifaq started with a conservative line-up (4-5-1).
Antonio Luis Cazalilla Cano played with: Paulo Victor de Mileo Vidotti, Marcel Tisserand, Saeed Fawaz Al Mowalad, Alhwsawi Sanousi Mohammed, Saad Al Mousa, Ali Abdullah Hazzazi, Berat Ayberk Özdemir, Ahmed Alghamdi, Faisal Al-Ghamdi, Victor Vinicius Coelho Santos and Robin Quaison.
These were the players on the bench: Abdullah Hussain Al Oaisher, Ibrahim Mahnashi, Abdulrahman Al Obaid, Abdulrahman Oumar, Abdullah Al Salem, Rayan Darwish Albloushi, Abdullah Ahmed Khateeb, Darko Velkovski and Hamed Al Ghamdi.
Al Ittifaq could not rely on the presence of Abdullah Al Salem (injured) and Darko Velkovski (injured).
Al Ittifaq made 5 changes: B. Özdemir for Abdulrahman Al Obaid (73′), Faisal Al Ghamdi for Ibrahim Mahnashi (73′), Vitinho for Abdullah Al Salem (80′), Sanousi Al Hawsawi for Abdullah Khateeb (80′) and Saad Al Mosa for Darko Velkovski (88′).
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Pro League.