Al Ain Stuns Al Hilal, Ends Record Streak in Asian Champions League Semifinal

Moroccan striker Soufiane Rahimi emerged as the hero of the night, showcasing his prowess with a scintillating first-half hat trick. Rahimi wasted no time, opening the scoring just six minutes into the game from a precise pass by Yahia Nader

Al Ain delivered a stunning blow to Al Hilal’s unbeaten streak, halting their record-setting run of 34 consecutive victories in the Asian Champions League.

The UAE-based club clinched a memorable 4-2 victory in the first leg of the semifinals, overshadowing the four-time Asian champions in a thrilling encounter.

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Moroccan striker Soufiane Rahimi emerged as the hero of the night, showcasing his prowess with a scintillating first-half hat trick. Rahimi wasted no time, opening the scoring just six minutes into the game from a precise pass by Yahia Nader.

He doubled the lead from the penalty spot, capitalizing on a foul by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais, who received a yellow card for his challenge. Rahimi completed his hat trick in style, converting another penalty after a foul on Brazilian defender Erik by Ali Al Bulayhi.

Despite Al Hilal’s efforts to mount a comeback, they struggled to contain Al Ain’s relentless attack. Malcom briefly reignited hope for the Saudis with a goal early in the second half, but their momentum was short-lived.

A defensive lapse led to another penalty for Al Ain, with Kalidou Koulibaly conceding the foul on Rahimi. Paraguayan star Alejandro Romero stepped up to extend Al Ain’s lead to 4-1, further solidifying their dominance.

Salem Al Dawsari salvaged some pride for Al Hilal, finding the back of the net in the 78th minute to narrow the deficit. However, it was not enough to alter the course of the match, as Al Ain secured a crucial advantage heading into the second leg next Tuesday.

The highly anticipated clash had been delayed by 24 hours due to torrential rain that inundated the UAE. While the adverse weather conditions may have disrupted preparations, they did little to dampen Al Ain’s spirits as they delivered a masterful performance on home turf.

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In a parallel semifinal fixture, South Korea’s Ulsan edged past Japan’s Yokohama F-Marinos with a narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg. The result sets the stage for an intriguing showdown in the return leg, as both teams vie for a coveted spot in the final of the prestigious tournament.

As the dust settles on a memorable night of football, Al Ain basks in the glory of their triumph while Al Hilal regroups to mount a spirited fightback in the upcoming clash.

With everything to play for, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the Asian Champions League semifinals, where dreams will collide, and destinies will be forged on the hallowed turf of the beautiful game.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed

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