Even playing outside their domains, the Al Ittihadfrom Saudi Arabia, beat AGMK, from Uzbekistan, 2-1 at the OKMK Sport Majmuasi stadium and qualified for the next stage of the Asian Champions League. The duel, valid for the fifth round of group C of the competition, was broadcast on Star+this Monday (27).
The Saudi team’s two goals were scored by Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah, while Martin Boakye scored for the home team.
As a result, the team Karim Benzema is the group leader, with 12 points gained. AGMK is the last team, with zero points.
It was the first victory for coach Marcelo Gallardo (formerRiver Plate) in charge of Al Ittihad. The Saudi team had several absences for the duel, including midfielder Kanté and Brazilian midfielder Igor Coronado.
Without suffering any major scares, the visitors made it 2-0 in the first half.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 29th minute. After a beautiful ball from Fabinho, striker Hamdallah got a header, entered the area and shot across the goalkeeper’s legs.
Before the break, the Moroccan striker found the net again, at 33. Shanqueeti made a good move on the right and passed the ball back for the player to finish into a practically empty goal.
In the second half, the home team took advantage of Boakye, who took advantage of a deflected shot in the penalty area to finish.
AGMK will return to the field in the Asian Champions League against Al Quwa Al Jawiya, from Iraq, on December 4th, at 9 am (Brasília time). On the same date, Al Ittihad will face Sepahan, from Iran, at home at 3pm.
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