Al-Hilal went on a shopping spree similar to other Saudi teams in the summer. According to Transfermarkt, the team paid 90 million euros for Neymar, 60 million for Malcom, 55 million for Rúben Neves, and 52 million for Aleksandar Mitrovics.
The listed four – Sergej Milinkovics-Savics, bought for 40 million, Kalidou Koulibaly for 23 million, and Bono for 21 million did not get to speak – had an appearance on Monday in the BL match against Navbahor Namangan from Uzbekistan, but there was not much thanks. .
After a scoreless first half, it was not al-Hilal but Navbahor who took the lead, which they almost kept, surprisingly, but the star-studded Saudi guard equalized in the 100th minute (!) of the marathon extra time through Ali Al Bulayhi. Thus, al-Hilal avoided total shame, but still cannot be proud of its performance.
It sounds especially funny after that Mitrovics latest interview, in which he said he was happy to finally be at a top team and that al-Hilal was a bit like Real Madrid in Europe…
A few hours before the match, it was revealed that Karim Benzema is struggling with a minor injury, so al-Ittihad was forced to do without him against AGMK. In the end, Benzema’s absence did not prove to be a big deal, but the routine striker is one of the team’s best, as shown by the fact that ittihad won with his goal last time and jumped to the top of the Saudi league.
Benzema won with a goal and al-Ittihad jumped to the top of the table – video
The French goalscorer was replaced by Abderrazak Hamdallah in the starting team, but the Moroccan striker was not the winning man (so much so that he had to be replaced at the end of the first half). Al-Ittihad practically decided the match in the first half: Haroune Camara started the goal production, then the Brazilian Romarinho doubled.
No more goals were scored in the second half, so al-Ittihad, with Fabinho and N’Golo Kante, started their appearance in the Champions League with a 3-0 victory.
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