Grave Ahli mistake

Updated 14 November 2012
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Grave Ahli mistake

Last Saturday was a sad day for Saudi football fans as our Asian dream came to a halt. Ahli lost to Ulsan Hyundai in the final match of the AFC Champions League.
The big blow was not so much from losing but from the way Ahli handed the victory to Ulsan. We all know how tough that team is, but that didn't seem to motivate Ahli because I don't think they came prepared.
For some reason, Jarolem changed his game plan, and I don't think that the new strategy helped. They clearly underestimated Ulsan despite the obvious fact that it is a very strong team. And that proved to be a grave mistake. Right now, they need to focus on their postponed matches in hopes of getting back to first position in the Saudi league.
Going back to our league, Hilal gave its fans something to celebrate when it won 4-1 against Ta'awon. They played very well and made easy goals. Guys, please keep it up. Shabab and Ittihad, on the other hand, had a draw in their match last Saturday, and continue losing points after they both lost in the previous round.
Last but not least our national team will play a friendly match today against Argentina. I pray it won't be as bad and as humiliating like our match against Spain. It’s so shameful paying them just to be beaten badly. Better to save our money for other things then. Why don't we use the money we paid Argentina to organize a small friendly tournament with teams in our level or a little better than us? I will not be surprised if we rank worse after this match in the FIFA monthly ranking.


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.