Abha stunned its guest, Al Shabab, last season’s runner-up, by defeating it 2-1 at the start of the two teams’ campaigns in the new season of the Saudi Professional League yesterday, Thursday.
Al-Raed won over its guest Al-Fateh; The former champion, with a goal unanswered by Raed Al-Ghamdi before the break, and Al-Hazm snatched a 3-3 draw against Al-Taawoun thanks to an own goal.
Tunisian Saad Bakir put Abha ahead in the ninth minute and Mitchell T. Freddy doubled the lead in the 41st minute with a penalty kick.
Argentine Ever Banega reduced the difference for the youth through a penalty kick in the 57th minute, but the solidity of Abha’s defense in the remaining minutes of the match led to a valuable victory.
The match between Al-Raed and Al-Fateh began cautiously, relying on counter-attacks, until Al-Ghamdi scored the only goal of the match in stoppage time for the first half.
Al-Taawoun over-adjusted its progress to a 3-3 draw with hosts Al-Hazm in an exciting match.
Al-Taawoun took control early and scored a goal by Hassan Kadesh in the sixth minute, which the referee canceled due to offside before Cameroonian Leander Tawamba put him ahead in the 23rd minute.
Alejandro Gamara doubled the lead in the 34th minute before Abdelhadi Al-Harajeen reduced the difference for Al Hazm before the break.
Tawamba made the score 3-1 for Al-Taawoun in the 55th minute, before pressing Al-Hazm in the last 20 minutes to score the second goal in the 69th minute by Ola John, before Ryan Al-Mousa, Al-Taawoun player, scored by mistake in the 87th minute to give Al-Hazm a deserved equalizer.
The Greek Panagiotis Taktsidis scored the first goals of the new season on Wednesday to lead Al-Fayhaa, which is back in the spotlight, to a 1-0 victory over Al-Ittihad.
Today, Friday, Al-Ahly will play its first match of the new season at home against Al-Faisaly.
The tour concludes on Saturday with a match between Al-Ittifaq and Al-Batin, while the champion Al-Hilal will host the newcomer Al-Ta’i team in the Lights League.
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