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Saudi title decider ends in 0-0 stalemate

Photo: Al Ahli

The top of the table clash in the Saudi Arabian league ended in a stalemate as neither or Al Ahli could break the deadlock in what was a better result for as they can win the league next week.

Al Ahli XI: Al Owais, Al Mowalad, Al Sahbi, Hawsawi, Al Harbi, Al Jassim, Milligan, Asiri, Al Mogahwi, Leonardo, Al Soma.

Al Hilal XI: Al Habsi, Al Berik, Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi, Al Shahrani, Otayf, Al Khaibri, Cerutti, Milesi, Bencharki, Rivas.

Going into the game, it was clear that the game would operate almost as a title decider as Al Hilal were one point ahead of Al Ahli with one game remaining after this one.

Al Hilal created a clear chance midway through the first half when the ball fell to Rivas in the six yard box but he dragged his shot wide as it hit the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick.

Soon later, Syrian striker Al Somah had a free kick from distance that fell into the box and caused a goalmouth scramble which was cleared by the Al Hilal defence.

As the second half bagan, Al Hilal continued to create the better of the chances as a counter attackled to the ball falling to Cerutti at the edge of the box however his shot sailed over the bar.

The clearest chance for the remainder of the game came from the left wing as a powerful shot forced an excellent save from Oman legend Ali Al Habsi, as the game eventually finished 0-0.

The result means that Al Hilal remain one point clear at the top of the league and can win the league next week if they equal or better the result of Al Ahli. Al Hilal face Al Fateh at home while Al Ahli host Ohod.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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