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VIDEO: Al-Ahli lose out on Saudi League title despite win against Ohod

Al-Ahli lost the Saudi League title despite 1-0 win against Club after Al-Hilal cruised past Al-Fateh in the final matches of the 2017/18 campaign. 

Al-Ahli entered the match in second place with 52 points from 25 games after drawing 0-0 with Al-Hilal last week. Meanwhile, Ohod entered in last place with 18 points from 25 games after losing 4-1 to Al-Qadisiyah.

Though the match started at a slow pace, Al-Ahli had clear dominance over the relegation playoffs bound team. In the 31st minute, Mohamed Al-Owais saved Ohod’s chance from a one-on-one.

The first good chance for Al-Ahli came eight minutes later when Leonardo Souza scored from Giannis Fetfatzidis’ assist. Only two minutes later, however, Al-Ahli were forced into a change with Hussain Al-Moqahwi being replaced by Abdulfattah Asiri.

By the end of the first half, the Jeddah-based club had a whopping 71 per cent possession to Ohod’s 29 per cent. However, surprisingly, Ohod had two more shots than Al-Ahli and one more shot on target.

Ohod attempted to get back into the match in the second half, but failed to do so with Al-Ahli’s defense and keeper fighting for the clean sheet. Ohod failed to have a single shot on target in the second half compared to Al-Ahli’s two.

The result means Al-Ahli finish the league campaign in second place with Ohod finding itself in the relegation playoffs. Al Raqi will next face Al Jazira in the final group stage match of the AFC Champions League where they have already qualified for the next round.

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