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VIDEO: MAT claim shock win over Al Hilal in Omdurman
Despite missing several chances, Seed El-Balad were short of fire power in front of goal – with an Ahmed Jahouh penalty in the first half proving to be the difference between both sides.
Al Hilal XI: Loic Feudjou, Mohamed Ahmed Bashir, Atir Magor, Saif Eldin Ali, Nazar Hamid Nassir, Souleymane Cisse, Mudather Eltaib Ibrahim, Salah Ibrahim Hassan, Nasr Ahmed, Andre Rocha Da Silva, Muawia Bashir Koko.
Moghreb Tetouan XI: Mohamed El Yousfi, Mohamed Abarhoun, Yassin Lakhal, Mehdi Khallati, Noussair El Maimouni, Anas Lamrabat, Younes Bellakhdar, Jesus Rodriguez Tato, Jahouh Ahmed, Abdeladim Khadrouf, Ouald Elhaj Salma.
The first half saw both sides start in electrifying fashion; and the Blue Wave had the first chance to score when Nazar Hamid’s powerful strike hit the advertising billboards.
Tetouan though were willing to cause a shock – Salma Ouald ElHaj with a fantastic stinging volley that was tipped over the bar by Feudjou.
Hero of the game at the Saniat Rmel, Andre Rocha de Silva ‘Andrezino’, tried to find Hamid with a through ball from just outside the box, but the MAT defence cleared the ball.
With 24 minutes on the clock, MAT were given a golden chance to score as Lakhal was brought down inside the box; Jahouh made no mistake with the corresponding penalty to make it 1-0.
Al Hilal replied almost immediately though – Souleymane Cisse with a strike that somehow went over the bar, denying the hosts a chance to equalise.
The start of the second half saw an immediate chance for the hosts – Andrezinho with a cross to Mudather Careca who failed to get a touch on the ball due to great defending from Tetouan.
Andrezinho had scored a free-kick in Tetouan to tie the game for the Sudanese giants, and could’ve done the same this time round, but his shot was saved by Mohamed El Yousfi.
With 76 minutes on the clock, Al Hilal were awarded a penalty; however, much to their luck, Hamid’s spot-kick was saved by El Yousfi to keep the score at 1-0.
Towards the end of the game, MAT coach Sergio Lobera put on defender Mourtada Fall, who recently signed for Wydad Casablanca; the highly-rated centre-half didn’t disappoint, preventing Careca from going through on goal towards the end of the game.