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Benzema is back; Al-Ittihad will face Al-Hilal in the Arab Cup quarterfinals

RIYADH: Saudi Pro League Champions Al-Ittihad will take on Al-Hilal in the quarter-finals of the Arab Football Clubs Championship. Al-Ittihad emerged topper in the Group 1 after its 2-1 victory over the Iraqi police Al-Shorta, who also qualified to quarterfinals despite its defeat on Wednesday.

French superstar Karim Benzema continued his superb performance for Al-Ittihad and scored the winning goal from a penalty kick at the end of the game in the last round of the group matches. Benzema scored the goal for the third match in a row.

Al-Ittihad, who topped the first group with nine points, will face its local rival Al-Hilal, who finished second in the second group, in the quarterfinals.

Although Al-Shorta were able to score only four points, it qualified to the quarterfinals, benefiting from a goalless draw between Esperance de Tunis and its local rival, Sfaxien, in the group’s other match.

Ahmed Bamasoud gave Al-Ittihad the lead with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 36th minute of the match.

Abdel Majeed Boubaker equalized for Al-Shorta ten minutes before the end, taking advantage of goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe’s mistake in deflecting a long throw-in.

Substitute Coronado got a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, which Benzema successfully executed to the left of Ahmed Basil, the police goalkeeper, who headed to the other corner of the net.

വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ വാട്‌സ്‌ആപ്പില്‍ ലഭിക്കാന്‍ ലിങ്കില്‍ ക്ലിക്ക്‌ ചെയ്യൂ…👇🏼

വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ editor@sauditimesonline.com എന്ന വിലാസത്തില്‍ ഇമെയില്‍ ചെയ്യുക. വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ അയക്കുന്നവര്‍ പേരും മൊബൈല്‍ നമ്പരും എഴുതാന്‍ മറക്കരുത്‌.

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