RIYADH. Al Hilal was in the end too strong for Al Wahda with the goal of M. Marega (58′), O. Ighalo (79′) and L. Vietto (89′). Al Hilal was unquestionably superior in terms of ball possession (67%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the King Saud University Stadium stadium in Riyadh on Friday and it started at 9:00 pm local time. The referee was Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias with the support of Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares and Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares. The 4th official was Abdullah Zarban. The weather was clear. The temperature was extremely hot at 32.1 degrees Celsius or 89.74 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 18%.
Al Hilal was in firm control of the ball 67% while Al Wahda was struggling with a 33% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Al Hilal was more pushing with 93 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 5 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Al Hilal won the match.
Al Hilal shot 13 times, 5 on target, 8 off target. On the opposite side, Al Wahda shot 14 times, 1 on target, 13 off target.
Al Hilal didn’t receive any yellow card. On the opposite side, Al Wahda received 2 yellow cards (F. Fajr and Noor Al Rashidi).
After this encounter, Al Hilal will have 12 points like Al Shabab to sit in the 2nd place. Regarding the opposition, Al Wahda will stay with 3 points like Al Fateh to hold in the 12th place.
In the next match in the Pro League, Al Hilal will host Al Adalh on the 12th of January with a 2-0 head to head record in favor of Al Hilal (0 draws).
Al Wahda will play away agasint Al Feiha on the 2nd of February with a 2-2 head to head record.
Al Hilal – Formation
Al Hilal started with a 4-4-1-1 line-up (4-4-1-1).
The manager Ramón Ángel Díaz decided to play with the following team: Abdullah Al Muaiouf, Mohammed Jahfali, Yasser Al Shahrani, Mohammed Al Burayk, Ali Al Bulayhi, G. Cuéllar, A. Carrillo, Salman Al Faraj, Salem Al Dawsari, O. Ighalo and M. Marega.
The home team had on the bench: L. Vietto, Nasser Al Dawsari, Khalifah Al Dawsari, Mohammed Al Owais, Matheus Pereira, Abdullah Otayf, Abdullah Al Hamdan, Michael and Saud Abdulhamid.
Al Hilal made 4 changes: A. Carrillo for Matheus Pereira (65′), Mohammed Al Burayk for Saud Abdulhamid (66′), M. Marega for Michael (72′) and O. Ighalo for L. Vietto (87′).
Al Wahda – Formation
Al Wahda started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
Bruno Akrapović played with: M. Mohamedi, Ó. Duarte, Botía, Abdulelah Al Bukhari, Noor Al Rashidi, K. Yoda, F. Fajr, Waleed Bakshween, Anselmo, Abdulaziz Noor and J. Beauguel.
The following players were sitting on the bench: Islam Hawsawi, Yahya Naji, Alaa Hejji, Abdullah Al Hafith, Sultan Al Sawadi, Mohammed Al Qarni, Abdulquddus Atiah, Ali Makki and Hazzaa Ahmed Al Ghamdi.
Al Wahda made 2 changes: K. Yoda for Hazzaa Ahmed Al Ghamdi (59′) and Abdulaziz Noor for Islam Hawsawi (72′).
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Pro League.