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VIDEO: Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ assists as Al-Ittihad cruise to King’s Cup final

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Egypt international Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ featured as Al-Ittihad beat Al-Batin 6-2 to set up a King’s Cup final clash with Saleh Gomaa’s Al-Faisaly.

The Tigers reached the semi-final of the competition after beating Al-Shabab 3-1, while Al-Batin qualified to the match after pulling a shocking win against Al-Nassr. Fresh off the international break, the Cup clash comes as both clubs have been struggling in the Saudi Professional League.

A quick start to the match saw Al-Batin strike first in the second minute when Guilherme Schettine scored his fifth goal of the season for Al Samawi. Man of the match Carlos Villanueva equalised for Al-Ittihad only three minutes later to score his fifth goal of the season.

The Tigers’ performance in the first half left a lot to desire, with Al-Batin having four more shots and three more shots on target than Al-Ittihad. Yet, the Jeddah-based club was superior in possession with 68 per cent compared to Al-Batin’s 32 per cent.

Shortly after the hour mark, Tinga scored his first goal for Al Samawi to put the team ahead once again. However, three quick goals from Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi, brace, and Tunisian forward Ahmed Akaichi saw Al-Ittihad turn the game around. Villanueva turned provider and assisted each of the three goals.

In the final minutes of the match, Villanueva capped a wondrous performance with a second goal from the spot before being substituted out. Soon after, Kahraba got into the action and assisted Abdulaziz Al-Aryani in Al-Ittihad’s sixth and final goal. With the final seconds of the match, Al-Batin’s Soltan Ghneman received a red card for violent conduct.

Al-Ittihad will face Saleh Gomaa’s Al-Faisaly in the final on April 20. In the meantime, the Jeddah giants will take on Al-Ettifaq in the penultimate round of the Saudi Professional League on April 6. Al-Batin will take on Al-Faisaly in the same round on April 7.

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