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Ittihad progress to quarter-finals of Saudi Crown Prince Cup
Kahraba played 120 minutes in his side’s triumph over Al-Qadisya, providing the assist to his team’s only goal in regular time.
Exhaustion was apparent on the Ittihad players throughout the match having played a tough Jeddah Derby, which ended in a draw, on Friday. Al-Qadisya started the match on the right foot, taking advantage of the hosts’ lack of organization and pressing them.
In the seventh minute, Al-Qadisya scored a goal that was disallowed by the assistant referee for being offside. However, the visitors took the lead soon after. In the 12th minute, Naif Hazazi scored an unstoppable volley after Ittihad’s defense failed to properly clear a corner kick.
Following the goal, Ittihad bettered their performance but were unable to gain full control over the match. In the 42nd minute, Kahraba received a long ball on the right side of the penalty box and found Carlos Villanueva with an accurate pass. Villanueva dribbled passed a defender before equalizing for Ittihad with a well-placed low ball.
In the second half, the tables were turned as Ittihad took full control of the game, forcing Al-Qadisya’s players back into their own half. Despite this advantage, the home side failed to score a winner and the game went to extra time.
The same scenario was played out in both halves of extra time and a penalty shootout was to determine the winner of the night. Kahraba didn’t take any of the penalty shots, but instead watched his team narrowly qualify to the next round with an 8-7 win.