Al Hilal goalkeeper: Pitch condition reason behind poor performance against Ittihad
Al Hilal goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf has expressed his dejection from the poor pitch condition of Borg Al Arab stadium, saying that it was the reason behind their regressed performance against Ittihad in Zayed Club Champions Cup.
Ittihad of Alexandria have settled for a worthless 0-0 draw against Saudi giants Al Hilal to set an end to their journey in the Zayed Club Champions Cup.
The Alexandria-based club were reduced to a tough 3-0 defeat in the first leg in Riyad, KSA to receive a big blow to their chances of going through to replicate another heroic display after knocking out Esperance and Zamalek.
“I had some shots on my goal but me and the team dealt with them well. The defence did a good job,” Al-Mayouf said.
“I won’t speak about the pitch condition, I won’t say anything. We played without complaining, the coach did a turnover between the players as well.”
Al Hilal and Saudi Arabia veteran forward Mohamed Al-Shalhoub has also praised Ittihad for their sportsmanship.
“I thank Ittihad players on their game and their great fighting spirit. We play as a group, we try to give our best in each game. And we definitely desire to win this competition.”
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