Al Ittihad downs Al Hilal to reach ACL quarters

Al Ittihad eliminated Al Hilal 3-1 in an all-Saudi Arabia clash

and progressed to the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on

Tuesday.

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.