Al Ittihad eliminated Al Hilal 3-1 in an all-Saudi Arabia clash
and progressed to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on
Al Ittihad dominated the clash between the pair of two-time
Asian champions, earning a measure of revenge for losing out to its
Jeddah rival for the Saudi league title.
Portuguese midfielder Nuno Assis opened the scoring in the 15th
minute when he made a perfectly timed run in the box, took a pass
from Mohammed Noor and scored. The host doubled its lead two
minutes later when Paulo George’s cross found Abdelmalik Ziaya.
It became 3-0 just before the hour mark after Assis took a pass
in the area and lobbed a shot over onrushing Al Hilal goalkeeper
Hasan Al Otaibi.
Al Hilal got on the board in the 82nd when Abdulaziz Aldawsari
curled in a left-footed shot.