April 13, 2024


RIYADH: Al-Hilal will at present discover out the extent of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s “heavy” leg damage sustained throughout the 4-3 win over Al-Shabab within the Roshn Saudi League on Saturday night time.


Mitrovic, who netted a double earlier than damage to take his league strike tally to 22 objectives from 22 video games, was substituted within the thirty fourth minute after pulling up sharply whereas operating with the ball.


The Serbian striker was supported by medical workers as he limped from the pitch.


Talking on the post-match press convention, Al-Hilal supervisor Jorge Jesus, whose facet stored their 12-point lead on the high of the league with the win, confirmed: “It’s a muscular damage. Usually all the time when it’s identified as a muscular damage, it’s a heavy damage. However nonetheless, it’s (Sunday) that we’ll have the examinations and for positive we are able to say (what’s fallacious).”


Jesus added: “A participant like Mitrovic, we don’t have an equal substitute for him, despite the fact that in different positions we would have. Mitrovic performed for his nationwide staff and was in Russia, with lengthy hours for flights and arrived two days earlier than the sport. There may be all the time a danger for the large groups that play for all of the competitions like us. We’re in numerous competitions in the meanwhile and really near attaining the league and in two semifinals, so there’s a value we pay for achievement. All the large groups pay such a value for achievement — we aren’t a staff that performs each seven or eight days.”


Al-Hilal fell behind to Al-Shabab after simply three minutes via a Musab Al-Juwayr shot from the sting of the field that struck the within of the put up earlier than nestling within the internet. Yassine Bounou then produced an enormous one-on-one save from Carlos to forestall the scoreline turning into 2-0 to Al-Shabab.


Al-Hilal then took management and Mitrovic’s double, the primary from the penalty spot, was added to by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s tenth league objective of the season to ship the league leaders in 3-1 up at half-time.


Salem Al-Dawsari tucked dwelling the fourth earlier than the hour mark, however Al-Shabab then produced an impressed comeback, scoring firstly via Hussain Al-Sibyani’s well-taken objective after which an excellent Romain Saiss free-kick 12 minutes from time. With a minute left, Al-Shabab substitute Nawaf Al-Sadi curled a shot off the bar and Al-Hilal noticed out damage time to earn their thirtieth victory in succession and add to their world-record profitable run.


“The vital factor is we took the victory towards a powerful opponent,” Jesus added.


Al-Shabab supervisor Vitor Pereira was happy with the response of his staff to going 4-1 behind and mentioned there have been positives to take from the efficiency.


“Al-Hilal have loads of high degree gamers,” he mentioned. “If I have a look at their bench I see nationwide staff gamers. However ultimately, the second half was a half with braveness, angle and confidence and the true spirit to get well the objectives that we wanted to attract or win. I consider that if we had bought degree within the sport we’d have gone and tried to attain once more to win. That is the spirit that I need in my staff. I’m completely happy due to this spirit that I noticed. To say that the result’s truthful or unfair — properly, soccer is soccer.”


Al-Shabab are subsequent in Roshn Saudi League motion on Wednesday, April 3 once they host Al-Riyadh. Al-Hilal host Al-Okhdood the night time earlier than.