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Abdel-Shafy’s Al Ahli reach Saudi King’s Cup final after defeating Al Hilal


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started as Al Ahli defeated Al Hilal 3-2 after extra time, to progress to the final of the Saudi King’s Cup.

Al Ahli were playing Al Hilal for the second time this week; the first encounter ended in a 3-1 win for Al Ahli as the Jeddah-based club clinched the Saudi Professional League title for the first time in 32 years.

Abdullah El Zoari opened the scoring for Al Hilal in the 7th minute, with a wonderful over-head kick that gave the keeper no chance.

Striker Omar El Somah came close to equalizing with a couple of close efforts soon afterwards, but to no avail.

The equalizer did not arrive until the second half; Mohanad Aseri found the back of the net in the 59th minute, only two minutes after he was introduced as a substitute, after dribbling past Al Hilal’s defence to slot the ball home.

Al Hilal were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute, as the action showed no signs of slowing. The referee pointed to the spot after a handball by Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, and Youssef Salem converted the resulting spot-kick with ease.

The impressive Aseri leveled the score again by pouncing on a rebound in the 77th minute, after El Somah’s strike hit the woodwork.

With the scoreline at 2-2, extra time was the only course of action.

Al Hilal’s Saud Khariri was sent off in the 109th minute, to further complicate things for his side.

Al Ahli then took advantage and scored the winner in the 114th minute; Brazilian Marquinho scored his side’s third goal of the night to clinch the victory.

Al Ahli will now face the winner of Al Ittihad – Al Nassr, which will be played on Saturday.

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