Sharjah bid farewell to the AFC Club Champions League, after their draw, the day before yesterday, against Saudi Al Hilal, current champion, by 2-2, during the match that was held at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium of the Saudi capital. Riyadh, on the fifth and penultimate day of the first group. Sharjah squandered a valuable victory that was within reach to reach the fifth point, while Al Hilal, who secured the qualifying ticket to the last prize, kept the lead, after raising their score to 13 points, knowing that the game of The first leg between both teams ended with Al Hilal winning 2-1. Sharjah came closest to winning, advancing to the 95th minute with two goals against one goal, but Al Hilal managed to equalize in killer time from a penalty.
Sharjah coach Roman Cosmin confirmed in a press release that “Sharjah played a good game, but the fatigue experienced by the team’s players in the final minutes of the game and the goalkeeper’s error led to a penalty with which the Al Hilal scored the equalizing goal.” the 95th minute, which prevented the team from winning the match. “A very important match.”
Sharjah’s player Majid Rashid was named the man of the match, after he scored a goal and played as the team’s goalkeeper, after he used the goalkeeper’s glove after goalkeeper Adel Al Hosani was injured, then that the team ran out of substitutions.
Sharjah scored two goals in the first half, which was purely Eastern, while Al Hilal scored the equalizer in the second half after suffering a lot in the first half, but took advantage of individual defensive errors and Sharjah faltered in the second half to get back to the party atmosphere again.
Despite their exit from the first round, Sharjah put on a heroic performance, especially in this match, and started in the best way and with more control of the game and embarrassed Al Hilal, the owner of the land and the public, and almost he inflicts a historic defeat on him. over Al Hilal after surprising Al Hilal with an early goal in the 5th minute from Guinean player Othman Kamara. Player Majed Rashid added the second goal before the end of the first half.
Some individual defensive errors saw Sharjah concede two goals.
Sharjah played five matches in this group, and had one match left against Tajikistan’s Al-Istiqlal on the 28th of this month. The team won in one match against Al-Istiqlal 2-1, drew in two matches against Al Rayyan Al -Qatari 1-1 and Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2-2, and lost in two games against Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia with two goals against one goal, and against Al Rayyan with three goals against one goal.
Cannon: We will learn from our mistakes
Sharjah Club Board Chairman Ali Salem Al Midfa said in a tweet on his Twitter account: “Participation is over and we have come out with positive things, we will learn from our mistakes and come back.” come back stronger in the next maturity, God willing. The team and the players are very important in the coming days, we promise to do our best for (the King)”.
Al Midfa added: “I thank the players for their heroic performance in the tournament. We expected positive results that would take us to the next round, but God forbid and whatever He wants. We aim for the biggest tournaments on the continent to come out.” . with a better level of arbitration than what we saw, and the right was reserved for each participating team, especially with the availability of modern technologies in the world of football”.
• Sharjah led Al Hilal 2-1 until the 95th minute, before the Saudi team equalized from the penalty spot.
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