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Al-Hilal’s second-half comeback downs Shikabala’s Al-Raed

Shikabala features in Al-Raed defeat

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Al-Raed suffered a 2-1 defeat to Al-Hilal at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium to remain bottom of the league as Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’ played the full 90 minutes.

Al-Raed had a strong start as they produced the first real chance of the game in the ninth minute when Issam Raki’s shot from close range was saved by Al-Hilal’s Faris Alayaf.

Only four minutes later, Al-Raed’s Sultan Al-Sawadi appeared to be crossing the ball from the right flank only to shock everyone as Al-Sawadi produced a sumptuous strike that went over the keeper and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Hosts Al-Hilal responded in the 38th minute when Fahad Al-Rashidi’s fine cross was met by Gelmin Rivas’ header that went inches wide.

Six minutes following the restart, Fahad Al-Rashidi was on the scene again as he delivered another sublime cross into the box and it was hit brilliantly on the volley by Mujahid Al-Mania to make it 1-1.

Al-Hilal’s hard work in the second-half paid dividends as Gelmin Rivas capitalized on a loose ball in the 79th minute to complete Al-Hilal’s comeback and make it 2-1.

With this result, Al-Raed still remain 14th in the league table but they are only four points away from safety. They travel to face sixth-placed Al-Shabab on Sunday.

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