The events of the semi-final match of the AFC Champions League between Al Hilal and Al-Nasr will start on Tuesday evening, October 19, on the grounds of “Mrsool Park” stadium in the Saudi capital, “Riyadh”.
Saudi Arabia with an Asian flavor
Al Hilal had qualified for the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League after overcoming the Iranian obstacle by 3-0, in the match hosted by Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium within the framework of the quarter-final matches.
On the other hand, Al-Nasr team reached the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League thanks to its great victory against the Emirati Al-Wahda by five goals at the “Mrsoul Park” stadium.
History of confrontations
Regarding the historical confrontations between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr, both teams met before in 168 matches in all competitions. Al-Zaeem won 66 matches against 59 wins for Al-Alame, while the tie was settled as a result of 43 facing the two Saudi giants.
The confrontation of the “Mesoul Park” stadium is the first that brings together victory and Al Hilal on the level of the Asian continent, as both teams aspire to reach the final round and then strip the South Korean team, Ulsan Hyundai, the holder of the last edition of its continental title.
Majed Abdullah, the legend of victory, remains a historical goal for the “leader and world” derby with 21 goals, while Sami Al-Jaber, the legend of Al Hilal, is the most blue wave player to score against the victory net with 10 goals.
Match of the season
For his part, the Saudi journalist, Atef Al-Ahmadi, comments in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia” on the upcoming confrontation of Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal, saying: “I think it is the match of the season, for the first time the two teams meet in the Asian Championship, Al Hilal won the title of “2019” and since that time it has become the Asian Championship A goal for all Saudi clubs, including the Al-Nasr team, whose officials were keen to support the team with special deals for this title.
Al-Ahmadi continues: “Currently, Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr are the two best teams in Asia, and this is clear through the two teams’ matches in the current edition, as the two teams overcame all roles and reached the semi-finals easily.”
Atef Al-Ahmadi goes on to talk about the historical confrontations between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr, commenting: “History preserves for Hilal the swing of its hand at the expense of victory, but I do not think that this matter will affect the outcome of the expected confrontation. Do not wish for victory over Al-Wehda UAE and vice versa, and this is because the fans of the two teams are not ready for the idea of Al-Nasr or Al-Hilal leaving this tournament at the hands of each other.”
The success of the Saudi football system
Regarding the arrival of two Saudi teams to the semi-finals of the continental championship, the Saudi media commented: “This indicates the success of the football system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the great development carried out by the Ministry of Sports. “.
Chances of both teams
Regarding the chances of the two teams, Al-Ahmadi continues: “The derby match between Al Hilal and Al Nasr always has a special character. The two teams have elements of superiority that make the technical weight of the two teams equal. I think that Al Hilal depends on a homogeneous group of local and foreign players, unlike Al Nasr that supported its ranks with a number of deals. new from the start of the season.
And he continues: “The element of experience will distinguish Al Hilal during the derby match, through his previous participation in the tournament. He is the champion of the 2019 edition, and in general, the expectations for this match are very difficult.”
Champion of the new version
Al-Ahmadi Saudi Arabia ends his speech by explaining his expectations for the champion of the current edition of the AFC Champions League: “I think that the winning team from facing Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr will be the champion of the AFC Champions League, and the East-West separation system in the AFC prevented us from watching the two teams in the final.”