Al-Hilal’s first football team decided to qualify for the 2022 AFC Champions League final, during the first minutes of the Qatari confrontation with Al-Duhail, which brought them together, on Sunday, for the semi-finals of the tournament, at Al-Thumama stadium in Doha, Qatar, and ended in favor of Al-Azraq with 7 clean goals.
Ramon Diaz chose the professional quartet Gang, Mariga, Michel and Ighalo, to start drawing 4-4-2 with the presence of the quartet Saud Abdul Hamid, Jang, Al Bulayhi and Al Yami in the back in front of Abdullah Al Mayouf, and in the middle the duo of Salman Al Faraj and Muhammad Kanno, and on the sides are Michel and Salem. Al-Dosari, with the duo Marega and Ighalo in the front line.
As for his compatriot, Hernan Crespo, coach of Al Duhail, he entered with his usual plan 4-2-3-1, with Salah Zakaria starting in the goalkeeper, behind Al Naimi, Youssef Ayman, Fernandez, and Al-Rawi. And in the midfield, Boudiaf and Junior, behind the trio Ismail Mohamed, Nam, and Al-Moez Ali, and forward Michael Olonga.
Al-Hilal started the match strongly, as Diaz used the high-pressure strategy in advanced areas of the stadium, so that Muhammad Kno cut the ball in half of the Al-Duhail stadium, and quickly went into the penalty area before passing it to Ighalo, who put his head in the net, announcing the first goal for his team in the second minute, and almost Ighalo quickly added the second goal after his teammate Marija’s pass, but his shot hit Salah Zakaria, Al Duhail goalkeeper.
Hurricane Crescent did not stop, and the Nigerian striker added the second goal in the tenth minute, after a great individual effort from the Brazilian Michel, who received the ball on the side before dribbling and passing quickly to his colleague Odion, who dodged the Duhail goalkeeper and quickly put the ball into the Qatari net.
Al-Duhail came out of its areas in search of a return in the meeting, but Al-Hilal succeeded in overtaking it again thanks to the weapon of rapid transformations, so that Salman Al-Faraj passed an elaborate ball to Salem Al-Dossary behind the Al-Duhail defenses, who played it directly to the one who came from behind forward Musa Marega, to score the third goal. his team in the 14th minute.
The Al-Hilali team dominated the match length and width, after advancing by three in the first quarter of an hour, amid a healthy deployment of all the team’s players, and wasting more than one opportunity in front of the Qatari team’s goal, until Abdullah Al-Mayouf succeeded in making the fourth goal, after a long ball from the goal to the other goal. Moussa Marega received it and hit the net without hesitation in the 27th minute.
Al-Mayouf continued his brilliance to block a dangerous shot from Al-Duhail striker Olonga, after which Al-Hilal responded with the fifth goal through Salem Al-Dosari in the 38th minute, after a lightning counterattack that reached Musa Marija, who played it with his back to Salem, and hit it powerfully in the net of Salah Zakaria.
Salem quickly returned the gift to his colleague Marega after a cunning cross that reached the Malian striker, who landed it in the net, but the referee canceled the sixth goal after returning to the video assistant referee technique on the grounds of offside.
The situation continued unchanged in the second half, with Ighalo adding the sixth goal to Al-Hilal in the 48th minute, after receiving Salem Al-Dosari’s pass inside the penalty area, and placing the ball over the Qatari goalkeeper with skill and intelligence.
Diaz made his changes after advancing with six goals, so that Abdullah Al-Hamdan and Abdullah Atif entered the place of Marija and Kno, before Ighalo added his fourth and previous goal for his team in the 62nd minute, after a joint game between him and substitute Al-Hamdan, who skillfully passed it to him, so that the Nigerian eagle put it in the net.
And the technical staff of Al Hilal was reassured about the outcome of the match, to include some substitutes such as Muhammad Al-Buraik, Saleh Al-Shehri and Khalifa Al-Dosari instead of the trio Saud Abdul Hamid, Ighalo and Ali Al-Bulayhi, with the team maintaining its superiority until the referee blew his whistle announcing that Al-Hilal won the seven, and qualified for the final match of the Asian Championship. To meet the Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds.
And the Asian Football Confederation announced earlier that the representative of West Asia will meet the representative of East Asia in the 2022 AFC Champions League final, back-to-back on April 29, and back on May 6.
It is noteworthy that Al-Hilal crossed the final price by defeating Shabab Al-Ahly of the United Arab Emirates 3-1, and Foolad Khuzestan of Iran in the Round of 8 with a clean goal, during the elimination rounds hosted by Qatar with the assembly system.
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