Urawa, Al-Hilal 1-1 in 1st leg of Asian Champs League final

Al-Hilal's Syrian forward Omar Khribin (C-L) is marked by Urawa Red's Japanese defender Tomoaki Makino (C-R) during the Asian Champions League final football match between Japan's Urawa Reds and Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal on November 18, 2017, at King Fahd Stadium in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 18 November 2017
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Urawa, Al-Hilal 1-1 in 1st leg of Asian Champs League final

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Urawa Reds of Japan drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final on Saturday.
Both goals at King Fahd International Stadium came in the first half.
Rafael Silva gave Urawa the early lead and an away goal, while Omar Khribin equalized with his 10th of the tournament.
Urawa, the one-time champion a decade ago, was on the board after just eight minutes through Silva’s low shot from inside the area.
The Saudi side responded with pressure on Urawa goalkeeper Shusaka Nishikawa, who had to make several saves, especially from Khribin.
The Syrian striker, in the running for the Asian Football Confederation player of the year award, made amends eight minutes before the break, shooting past Nishikawa from close range.
The second leg is next Saturday at Urawa’s Saitama Stadium.
  


Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr sign Peru World Cup defender

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr sign Peru World Cup defender

  • Christian Ramos has signed a contract until 2022
  • He becomes second Peru star to join a Saudi Pro League team this week

LONDON: Al-Nassr have followed up the headline-grabbing signing of Nordin Amrabat by landing Peru international defender Christian Ramos.
Jose Daniel Carreno’s side finished third last season and they signalled their ambition to challenge the top two by recruiting Amrabat, the Moroccan World Cup winger, from Premier League club Watford this week.
Not content with that, they have recruited another World Cup player by luring Ramos, 29, to the Kingdom.
He played every minute of Peru’s World Cup group games against France, Denmark and Australia and has won 69 caps for his country.
The 6ft central defender has played all over South America during an 11-year career and has now decided the time is right to switch continents and play in the Middle East.
He becomes the second Peruvian to move to the Saudi Pro League this week, following on from Andre Carrillo’s loan move to Al-Hilal.