The Saudi Hilal team is facing an easy confrontation against its Iranian counterpart Shaher Khodro, scheduled to be held at 5 pm today, Sunday, at Al Janoub Stadium in the Qatari city of Al Wakra, in the fifth and penultimate round of the group stage of the AFC Champions League 2020 competition, where the Hilal leader needs a point One to settle his qualification for the round of sixteen for the Asian Championship.
Al-Hilal tweets solo at the top of the second group standings table with 10 points, after winning 3 matches and tied in one match, in the first four rounds of the group stage.
The Uzbek team, Pakhtakor, comes second in the group with 7 points, and UAE’s Al-Ahly team ranks third with 6 points, while Iran’s Shaher Khodro team is bottom of the group’s standings with no points.
The leader, Al-Hilal, suffers from the infection of many players with the new Corona virus “Covid 19”, the last of them was Salem Al-Dossary, as the rest of the list included: Salman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abed, Abdullah Al-Jadaani, Nawaf Al-Ghamdi, Saleh Al-Shehri, Muhammad Al-Barik, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Muhammad Al-Waked, Hamad Al-Abdan, Abdullah Al-Hafiz and Giovinco, in addition to Saud Kariri, the team manager.
For his part, Romanian Razvan Lucescu, coach of the Saudi Al Hilal team, stressed the need for the players to fight to the end in order to qualify for the semi-final round of the AFC Champions League competition.
“Despite all the circumstances the team went through, we showed high confidence and spirit during the two matches that we played so far, and we have to fight until the end,” Lucescu said at the match’s press conference.
The coach of Al Hilal Al Saudi added, “Our chances of qualifying are very big, but we have not yet qualified. We have to beat the Iranian team tomorrow to ensure that they qualify for the final price of the tournament.”