April 13, 2024

Al-Hilal got here from behind to defeat Sepahan 3-1 within the first leg of their second-round conflict within the Asian Champions League on Thursday.

The Saudi Arabians had the higher of a hard-fought contest however fell behind to the Iranian hosts when Ramin Rezaeian opened the scoring within the first half, earlier than Malcom equalized simply earlier than the hour.

The Blues pushed ahead and two objectives got here in stoppage time from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Abdullah Al-Hamdan for his or her aspect to take an enormous benefit again to Riyadh for the second leg.

After a decent opening, Al-Hilal had a great likelihood after 28 minutes. Saud Abdulhamid swung over a tempting cross and Salem Al-Dawsari headed extensive, taking the possibility away from Mitrovic, who was ready unmarked simply behind. 

Quickly after, Ruben Neves discovered Yasser Al-Shahrani simply inside the world with a pleasant cross and whereas the full-back twisted and turned to create space, his low shot went straight on the goalkeeper.

Simply when it was beginning to appear like the groups would go in goalless on the break, Sepahan struck after 38 minutes.

An extended cross from the sting of the hosts’ penalty space bounced deep contained in the Al-Hilal half for the onrushing Rezaeian who chested it down after which thundered his shot throughout the goalkeeper and into the alternative nook of the online. There was a VAR verify for offside, however the purpose was given, a lot to the delight of a big house crowd.

The four-time champions had been quickly again in it. Ten minutes after the restart, Mitrovic had his first sight of purpose and whereas his low shot was saved, Malcom prodded house the rebound to silence the house crowd.

Each groups continued to make possibilities however it was Al-Hilal who gained a bonus with simply over 10 minutes left when Mohammad Daneshgar was proven a purple card for a late sort out.

This led to extra stress from the Saudi Arabians with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic heading extensive when unmarked.

Within the 94th minute, Mitrovic confirmed his Serbian compatriot how you can do it, climbing excessive to go house a fantastic cross from Abdulhamid to interrupt the hearts of the Iranians, who then suffered one other purpose from Al-Hamdan. They now go to Riyadh subsequent Thursday realizing they want a giant win.

Earlier within the day, Al-Ittihad had been held to a 0-0 attract Uzbekistan by Navbahor, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo gave Al-Nassr a 1-0 win at Al-Fayha on Wednesday.