Al Ittihad has done it again, securing a 3-0 victory against a struggling team in the Saudi Pro League standings. This marks the team’s second win in four days, following their 4-0 victory against Al Faisaly in a cup match postponed from the Club World Cup in December. Despite the absence of Karim Benzema, who returned to training this week, Al Ittihad dominated the match against Al Taee, which was postponed from December 30 due to torrential rains.
The first half of the match was evenly matched, with both teams utilizing the wings to reach the rival area. Al Ittihad opened the scoring early with a goal from Hamedallah in the 8th minute. The match was reminiscent of the Sudí Cup match against Al-Faisaly, with Al Ittihad showing superiority but without shining. Romarinho and Hamedallah celebrated the Moroccan’s goal in the first half.
The match was a test for both teams, with Al Ittihad aiming to get closer to the league leaders without Benzema on the pitch, and Al Taee seeking to move out of the relegation zone. Gallardo’s team did not disappoint the fans and scored the second goal in the 42nd minute, providing a psychological boost for the visitors. Al Taee made several attempts to get back into the match in the second half, but Al Ittihad maintained control with over 60% possession.
The match gradually lost momentum, but Romarinho sealed the victory with a great goal from a pass from N’Golo Kanté. The former Chelsea player played a crucial role in the team’s victory, showcasing his class and contributing to Al Ittihad’s rise to fifth place in the standings. Meanwhile, Al Taee remains in the lower positions.
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