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VIDEO: Zé Eduardo sends Al-Faisaly past Al-Ahli to King’s Cup final

Photo: Saudi Professional League

Mo’men Zakaria played seven minutes while Saleh Gomaa played four minutes as beat Al-Ahly in the semi-final of the King’s Cup.

Fresh of the international break, Al-Ahli met Al-Faisaly in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup. Al Raqi reached the match after beating Al-Feiha 4-3 on penalties on quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Al Annabi qualified to the semi-finals after beating Al-Qadisiyah 3-2 in the quarter-finals.

What was a very slow start to the match, Al-Faisaly had the first good chance of the match in the 14th minute when Al-Ahli’s January signing Mark Milligan made a poor attempt of a pass back to player of the match, Mohammed Al-Owais. The Saudi Arabian international came out of his box and made a wonderful tackle on Zé Eduardo to prevent a certain goal for Al-Faisaly.

Al-Ahli continued to be poor with their passes, allowing Al-Faisaly’s midfielders and forwards to create chances. However, both teams were not clinical with their shots. In the 34th minute, Al-Faisaly had another chance to go ahead, but Sultan Al-Ghannam’s curling shot went slightly above target.

Four minutes before half-time, Abdulfattah Asiri had Al-Ahli’s best chance of the half but his shot deflected off the left post.

Just five minutes into the second half, Eduardo challenged Al-Owais once again, but the 26-year-old keeper punched the ball out for a corner. Al-Faisaly continued to create better chances than Al-Ahli, but Al-Owaid saved Al Raqi on multiple occasions.

In the 76th minute, Video Assistant Review was used for the first time in after Eduardo’s shot was first determined to be saved off the line. However, VAR correctly overruled the decision giving Al-Faisaly the go ahead goal against Al-Ahli. His goal was Zé Eduardo’s first goal for Al-Faisaly since joining in January.

Mo’men Zakaria and Saleh Gomaa both came on as late substitutes in the match, but failed to make any impact. Al-Faisaly will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Batin on April 20

Al-Ahli’s next game will be against Tractor Sazi Tabriz in the fifth group stage match of the AFC Champions League on April 3. Meanwhile, Al-Faisaly will take on Al-Batin in the penultimate round of the Saudi Professional League on April 7.

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