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Al Hilal is looking forward to its ninth title and victory to the seventh, when they meet, on Saturday, in the final of the Saudi King’s Cup for football at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

The meeting is the fifth between the two teams in the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” Cup final, where the two teams previously shared tournaments twice for each team.

This match comes after 5 days of the confrontation that brought the two teams together on the same stadium in the fifth stage of the local league and ended with the victory of Al Hilal with two clean goals, and the match is the first final of the two poles of Riyadh after 5 years of the final in which Muhammad Jahfli scored the equalizer in the last seconds of The second extra time, before Al Hilal won the title through penalties, which led to the spread of the word “Al Jaflah”, which means returning to the match by scoring in the lost time.

Al-Hilal seeks to confirm its superiority over its neighbor in recent matches, and to add a new title, especially as it will enter the match with high spirits after winning the league and being alone at the top of the standings.

His ranks were also completed with the return of Salem Al-Dossary Abdullah Al-Mayouf, who were absent from the last match due to injury.

Al-Hilal received a moral boost after he restored, on Thursday, the services of his Romanian coach Razvan Lucescu, who recovered from the new Corona virus and led the team’s training at the club’s headquarters, after he missed the victory match in the league.

“The match between the two teams tomorrow is completely different from the last match, and the two teams are like an open book for every coach. In the league match, Al Hilal won with the least effort and played in the basic formation, unlike the victory, which rested a number of its players, such as the Moroccans Abdul Razzaq Hamdallah and Noureddine,” said former Al-Hilal goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Daea Amrabat, who participated in the second half, to prepare them for the cup final. ”

Al-Deayea added: “There is no fear for Al Hilal and all the players are ready, and the coach will be with the team after recovering from the Corona virus, and the team is psychologically and morally ready and is looking for an achievement to achieve the triple.”

A vaccine against loss

On the other hand, Al-Nassr aspires to restore its balance through the big door, and to achieve more than one goal through the match.

The team, dubbed “Global”, hopes to win the championship title and be rehabilitated after its last loss in the league and at the same time reconcile with its fans on the back of negative results in its previous matches.

Despite the absence of Abdel Fattah Asiri due to injury, the team has distinguished names in all lines after all of them recovered from Covid-19.

In turn, the defender of Al-Nasr Club and the former Saudi national team, Ibrahim Al-Shouei, said: “The Al-Hilal match will not be at the level that the two teams’ match appeared in the league, stressing that it will appear in a different way, especially since it is in the final of the cup and two major teams have gathered elements in the Saudi League.”

Al-Shouei added: “The last match was a vaccine against losing to the upcoming final, and the two teams will enter the match with their striking power.”

The two teams’ journey

The two teams did not find much difficulty in reaching the final, as Hilal won in the first round against Arar 4-1, and the second over the two mountains 4-2, and in the final price Al-Faisali overcame 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, and in the quarter-final he defeated the agreement with a double Before overtaking Abha 2-0 in the semi-finals.

As for the opponent Al-Nassr, he overcame Afif 5-1 in the first round, and in the second Al-Bukayriyah 4-1, and in the final price he defeated Damak 4-2, then surpassed justice with a goal in the quarter-final and in the semi-final, Al-Ahly overcame 2-1.

The Hilal combination includes players such as Abdullah Al-Mayouf in goalkeeping, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Balaihi, South Korean Jiang Hyun and Muhammad Al-Brik in defense, Colombian Gustavo Coyar and Salman Al-Faraj and Salem Al-Dossari, Italian Sebastian Govinco and Peruvian Andre Carrillo in the middle and Frenchman Pavitimbi Gomes in the attack.

While the victory squad features players such as Australian Brad Jones in goalkeeping, South Korean Kim Soo, Abdullah Mado, Brazilian Maikon Pereira and Sultan Al-Ghanem in defense, Abdullah Al-Khaibri, Brazilian Petros Matthews, Khaled Al-Ghannam, Argentine Betty Martinis, Moroccans Amrabat in the middle and praise be to God in the attack.

The confrontation between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr is the 27th confrontation in the history of their matches in the King’s Cup, as they had previously met 26 times, Al-Nasr won 11 matches, Al Hilal won the same, and a tie was settled in 4 other matches.

The arbitration committee of the Saudi Football Association assigned the task of leading the match to Polish international referee Simon Marcheniak.





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