4-2 win over Al Hilal Park Yongwoo full time
Rahimi of Al Ain

Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), with former national team midfielder Park Yong-woo playing full-time, laughed first in the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).

Al Ain scored 3 goals through penalty kicks alone in the home game of the 2023-2024 ACL semifinal first leg held at the Haja Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 18th (Korean time), defeating Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) by 4- Won by 2.

With this, Al Ain is one step closer to advancing to the ACL finals for the first time in eight years since 2016.

The second match will be held at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 24th.

The team that wins the combined results of the first and second games is recognized as the strongest club in West Asia.

In addition, the winner of the Ulsan HD-Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan) game, which is competing for the status of the strongest team in East Asia, will compete for the championship.

Park Yong-woo, a former national team midfielder, started as a starter and played until the end of the game, contributing to the team’s victory.

Striker Soufian Rahimi led the way to victory by scoring a hat trick.

In the 6th minute of the first half, Rahimi scored the first shot by hitting the corner of the opposite goal with a right-footed shot from the right penalty area.

Rahimi scored multiple goals by neatly completing his penalty kick in the 26th minute of the first half.

Al Ain was awarded a penalty kick in the 38th minute of the first half, and Rahimi scored the goal, completing a hat trick.

Al Ain, who entered the second half with a 3-0 lead, allowed Al Hilal’s Maukong Silva to make up for it in the 4th minute of the second half.

Al Ain scored another penalty kick in the 11th minute of the second half.

Rahimi induced a penalty kick, and Kaku kicked it, scoring the team’s fourth goal.

In the 33rd minute of the second half, Al Ain took advantage of the chaos at the goal and allowed one more goal to Al Hilal’s Salim Al-Dawsari, but they prevented any further goals and ended the game with a win.

Meanwhile, Al Hilal’s ‘superstar’ Neymar left the battle line after undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery in October last year, and is scheduled to continue rehabilitation and treatment until the end of this month. 스포츠토토

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