VIDEO: Hussein El-Sayed assists in Al-Ettifaq win over Al-Qadisiyah
Al-Ettifaq entered the match in 11th place with 23 points from 20 games after the win over Al Raed last week. Meanwhile, Al-Qadisiyah came in at 12th place with 19 points after the draw with Al Taawoun last week.
Left-back Hussein El-Sayed played the entire match, while his compatriot Ahmed El-Sheikh watched the win from the bench.
The Damman-based club broke the deadlock in the third minute through Hamed Alghamdi with an assist from Tunisian forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. From there, Al-Qadisiyah began to have a slight advantage, creating more chances than Al-Ettifaq.
Al-Qadisiyah’s persistence paid off in the 36th minute as Haroune Camara scored from Yaseen Barnawi’s assist. Despite going behind early in the match, Al-Qadisiyah ended the half in with greater possession of the ball and a higher passing accuracy than Al-Ettifaq. However, the Damman-based club had double the number of shots on target.
The second half was relatively calmer than the first with both sides trading passes in the middle of the park. Five minutes before full-time, Ali Hazazi headed in from El-Sayed’s cross to give his team a precious three points. El-Sayed’s assist was his first goal contribution since his move the Saudi side.
The win also means Al-Ettifaq are currently unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions – the first time they’ve accomplished this feat all season. The result puts Al-Ettifaq in 10th place with 26 points from 21 games, while Al-Qadisiyah remain in 12th place.
Al-Ettifaq will next face regulation battlers Ohod on March 2 as part of the 22nd week of the Saudi Professional League. Meanwhile, Al-Qadisiyah will come face-to-face with Al-Faisaly in the King’s Cup on February 25.
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