Al Fateh win away at Al Faisaly
Al Fateh overtake opponents Al Faisaly in the table with a 2-0 win thanks to a Sakala goal after an Al Ghanam own goal, both of which came in the second half. Al Faisaly were dealt another blow as they finished the game with 10 men thanks to Rossi’s late red card.
Al Faisaly XI: Malayekah, Al Ghanam, Alyami, Rossi, Al Mansour, Hyland, Abdulaziz, Melere Da Silva, Abousaban, Rogerinho, Ze Eduardo.
Al Fateh XI: Al Mazyadei, Hazzazi, Sharahili, Al Dawsari, Abdel Shafy, Manoel, Alfehaid, Al Zaqan, Kader, Chenihi, Dos Santos.
In the buildup to the match, a key talking point was the potential to see another battle of the Pharaohs as Egypt internationals Saleh Gomaa and Mohamed Abdel Shafy were set to go head to head. However, this was nullified before kickoff as Al Fateh did not name the former in their starting lineup.
Al Faisaly dominated the first half but did not create much in the way of chances in order to make a breakthrough. They were made to pay early in the second half when Al Ghanam was unfortunate to turn the ball into his own net to give Al Fateh the lead.
Not long later, Al Fateh doubled their lead after a tackle in the box made the ball ricochet to Sakala who had the simplest of tasks to find the back of the net.
While the result was beyond all doubt, the game took a more sour note in stoppage time as Rossi brought down Al Nadhri in cynical fashion and as he was the last man the Brazilian was shown a red card leaving Al Faisaly to finish the game with 10 men.
The 2-0 result means that Al Fateh have leapfrogged Al Faisaly in the table, moving up to 4th place while Al Faisaly are down to 5th.
Both teams will next play after the international break, as Al Fateh face Al Nassr on April 7th while Al Faisaly travel to Al Batin the same day.
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