Al Hilal continued the successful defence of their title, securing a spot in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup.
They triumphed over Al-Hazem with a 3-0 victory in the match held at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Monday, part of the Round of 16 in the tournament.
Portuguese player Robin Neves and Serbian Aleksandar Mitrović took turns scoring the goals, with Mitrović netting two.
Al Hilal’s coach, Jorge Jesus, opted for a starting lineup that excluded the Serbian duo Savic and Mitrović, along with the absence of Salem Al-Dawsari, Senegalese Khaledou Koulibaly, and several other key local players to give them some rest. Despite the delayed goals until the second half, Al Hilal had no difficulty overcoming their guest, Al-Hazem.
The first goal for the blue team came from the Portuguese Robin Neves through a penalty announced by the referee in favour of Brazilian Malcom. Then substitute Mitrović strengthened Al Hilal’s lead with a second goal in the 67th minute before adding his second and the team’s third through another penalty in the 83rd minute.