Al-Ittihad advances to ACL quarter-finals despite early own goal

Al-Hilal to face Al-Ittihad in Asian Champions League quarter-final Clash

Al-Hilal secured their spot in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Sepahan, setting up a highly anticipated clash with Saudi Pro League rivals Al-Ittihad. Despite a spirited effort from the visitors, Al-Hilal emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter where Salem Al-Dawsari played a pivotal role in his 400th appearance for the club.

After falling behind to Farshad Ahmadzadeh’s goal, Al-Dawsari equalized before Ruben Neves and Aleksandar Mitrovic sealed the win for Al-Hilal. The home fans at the Kingdom Arena had their nerves tested when Sepahan took the lead and the visitors were reduced to 10 men, but Al-Hilal capitalized on the advantage to secure a comfortable victory.

The match was not short of stunning goals, with Neves’ volley standing out as a highlight of the game. Al-Hilal’s progression to the quarter-finals adds to Saudi Arabia’s strong representation in the competition, with Al-Nassr also advancing.

The upcoming quarter-final showdown between Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal is eagerly anticipated by fans, both domestically and internationally. With three Saudi teams in the last eight, the stage is set for an exciting clash between two top-tier clubs in Saudi football.

The first leg of the quarter-final tie is scheduled for March 5, promising a thrilling encounter between two powerhouse teams. As the competition heats up, football enthusiasts are looking forward to witnessing the battle between Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal, with a spot in the semi-finals on the line.

With Al-Hilal’s impressive performance in the round of 16, they will be eager to continue their winning form against their familiar rivals. The quarter-finals are set to showcase the best of Saudi football, with Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad ready to battle it out for a place in the next stage of the Asian Champions League.

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