Kahraba assists as Saudi Clasico ends in a draw
Al Hilal XI: Al Habsi; Hawsawi; Jahfali; Al Shahrani; Al Hafith; Al Burayk; Al Dawsari; Otayf; Milesi; Rivas; Khribin.
Al Ittihad XI: Qarni; Falatah; Asiri; Al Sahafi; Villanueva; Al Ansari; Kahraba; Al Mazial; Akaichi; Al Muwallad; Al Ghamdi.
The rivalry between the two sides is historically among the biggest in Asian football, partly due to Al Hilal being from Riyadh while Al Ittihad are from Jeddah. It also serves as a South American derby between the two managers, with Ramon Diaz of Al Hilal hailing from Argentina while Jose Sierra is from Chile.
Going into the game, Al Hilal were favourites by virtue of being at home as well as being top of the Saudi League. Such is the nature of the derby, the referee for the game has been brought in from America in similar fashion to the foreign referees for the Cairo derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek.
Al Hilal were dealt a blow early in the game as their talisman Omar Khribin was forced off after just 11 minutes and replaced by Mukhtar Falatah.
While they dominated possession, Al Hilal struggled to make a breakthrough partly due to the loss of their star striker. However, early in the second half, Khribin’s replacement Falatah broke the deadlock after latching onto a pass from Otayf.
The lead was short lived, as just six minutes later Kahraba found Kuwait international Fahad Al Ansari who levelled for Al Ittihad.
Both teams were fired up for the remainder of the game and received several bookings each, however neither could make the breakthrough and created a stalemate as the game finished 1-1.
The result means that neither side have moved in the table, as Al Hilal remain in first while Al Ittihad are in fourth. Kahraba’s next game for Al Ittihad will be against Al Ettifaq, where he will meet fellow Egyptian Ahmed El Sheikh.
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