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.