By Raid Qusti, Arab News Staff & Agencies
Published — Saturday 14 April 2001
Last Update 14 April 2001 4:01 am
RIYADH, 14 April — Al-Ittihad of Jeddah pulled off a sensational 6-5 shootout victory over Al-Hilal to enter the final of the Crown Prince Cup soccer tournament here last night.
After the teams were tied 2-2 at full time, Ittihad won when Ahmad Khaish beat the outstretched hand of Muhammad Al-Dai’ea to give Ittihad a hard-fought victory.
They will meet Al-Ittifaq of Dammam in the final. Ittifaq defeated Al-Shabab 1-0 in the first semifinal on Thursday. The winning goal was scored by Abdul Aziz Al-Dosary.
Reduced to ten men in the the 55th minute when Saleh Al-Saqri was shown the red card, Ittihad were forced on the defensive for the rest of the match.
Ittihad had forged into the lead in the 45th minute whe Hassan Al-Yami found the mark.
Rony equalized for Hilal in the 60th minute and five minutes later Omar Al-Ghamdi put the Riyadh team ahead.
Sergio got Ittihad the equalizer in the 80th minute with a beautiful volley that gave Al-Dai’ea no chance.
After the teams failed to end the deadlock in the regular time and extra-time, the penalty shootout was resorted to.