Al-Hilal wins King’s Cup

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King Salman, flanked by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif (right) and Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal (left), attend the King Cup of Champions Final football match pitting Al-Hilal of Riyadh and Al-Ahli of Jeddah at the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Sports City in Jeddah on Thursday night. Al-Hilal won 3-2. (SPA photo)
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Updated 19 May 2017
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Al-Hilal wins King’s Cup

JEDDAH: Al-Hilal football team beat Al-Ahli 3-2 on Thursday in the King Cup of Champions Final, watched by King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif and other top officials at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah.
With the victory, Riyadh-based Al-Hilal collected its 56th trophy, 8th King’s Cup and second championship this season. It had earlier been crowned champion in the Saudi Premier League 2017.
Al-Hilal, coached by Ramon Diaz, scored first in the 28th minute through Syrian attacker Omar Kharbin. Al-Ahli’s Motaz Hawsawi equalized the score in the 44th minute. Al-Hilal’s Mohammad Jahfali then scored in the 77th minute, followed by a third goal by Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo in the 90th minute. Al-Ahli’s Syrian striker Omar Al-Souma scored a penalty kick in the 94th minute.
King Salman later awarded the champion’s trophy to the jubilant Al-Hilal players.


The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

Updated 19 June 2018
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The world's eyes are on Mohamed Salah as hopeful Egypt take on Russia

  • Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they face Russia
  • The Liverpool wizard missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday

SAINT PETERSBURG: Egypt are counting on the return of Mohamed Salah on Tuesday as they try to salvage their World Cup against a Russian side who know a win could seal a place in the last 16.
Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s Champions League Final.
Salah’s shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and at the weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session in Grozny.
Egypt’s Argentine coach Hector Cuper said on Monday Salah was fit to play but will undergo a test before kick-off in Saint Petersburg.
“I hope he will be fit to play, I’m sure he will be able to play. He is a central piece in our team,” Cuper said.
If Egypt lose, it will likely end their competitive involvement in their first World Cup since 1990, so 96 million Egyptians are willing him to be on the pitch.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov was bullish that his team can rein in the explosive striker, who scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool.
“We know how to play against him,” he said. “We are ready to stop Salah and we will.”
Russia got their World Cup off to the perfect start on Thursday with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, but are under no illusions that the seven-time African champions pose a far tougher test — providing Salah plays.
“Egypt’s game with Salah is different from the one they play without him,” forward Alexei Miranchuk said.