Gomis tells Al-Hilal heroes to keep feet on the ground

Al Hilal’s Bafetimbi Gomis, left, fights for the ball with Al-Duhail’s Ahmed Yasser during the AFC champions league Group C match between KSA’s Al Hilal and Qatar’s Al-Duhail. (AFP)
Updated 14 March 2019
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Gomis tells Al-Hilal heroes to keep feet on the ground

  • It was the Riyadh club’s second straight win in this year’s competition and leaves them top of Group C, three points ahead of the Qatari club
  • Gomis, one of the stars of the show, put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken finish with 10 minutes left at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh

LONDON: Bafetimbi Gomis has called on Al-Hilal not to get ahead of themselves after they beat Al-Duhail 3-1 in the AFC Champions League.
That victory was the Riyadh club’s second straight win in this year’s competition and leaves them top of Group C, three points ahead of the Qatari club and five ahead of UAE champions Al-Ain and Iran outfit Esteghlal F.C.
Al-Duhail’s new signing Shoya Nakajima’s 75th-minute strike had canceled out a first-half Carlos Eduardo goal, but Ali Al-Bulayhi put the hosts ahead again in the 77th minute. Gomis, one of the stars of the show, then put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken finish with 10 minutes left at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh.
It was yet another impressive performance from Al-Hilal, the sort of showing that has already made them one of the favorites to go all the way in the AFC Champions League this year.
But keen to keep his teammates’ feet on the ground, the Riyadh giants’ big summer signing has warned them to focus on the job at hand and take it one match at a time.
“It was a team job (against Al-Duhail),” the French striker said. “The staff, the players, the fans — together we’re stronger. Keep our focus lads.” He added: “Thanks to the fans for your support.”
Al-Hilal’s form in the continental competition this year is in stark contrast to 12 months ago when, having reached the final of Asia’s premier club competition just months before, they fell at the first hurdle, exiting at the group stage.
What has made the performances all the more impressive is that they have beaten both UAE and Qatar champions without four key men. Omar Abdulrahman, Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf and Nawaf Al-Abed are all currently out of action with injuries.
Al-Hilal’s next continental clash is away to Esteghlal on April 8.


Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco Grand Prix pole position with record lap

Updated 25 May 2019
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Lewis Hamilton snatches dramatic Monaco Grand Prix pole position with record lap

  • An emotional second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career
  • Last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault

MONACO: Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with an all-time circuit record lap in the final seconds to outpace Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.086 seconds.
The defending five-time champion and series leader clocked an unprecedented lap in 1min 10.166sec to end Bottas’ run of three successive poles as Mercedes, mourning the death this week of non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, produced a record-equalling 62nd front row lockout.
It was an emotional Hamilton’s second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career as he dug deep in the final seconds to find the speed required to grab the prime grid position from his team-mate.
“Whoooah!” shouted Hamilton on team radio. “That’s what I am talking about...”
Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull and Kevin Magnussen for Haas.
Last year’s race winner Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Daniel Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Alex Albon in the second Toro Rosso.
Luckless local hero Charles Leclerc qualified 16th after a strategic muddle by Ferrari in the opening Q1 section of qualifying.