The clash between Abha and Al-Hazem proved to be a rollercoaster ride, ending in a pulsating 1-1 draw that saw both teams demonstrate grit and determination till the final whistle. The game was characterized by intense moments, controversies, and missed opportunities, ultimately resulting in a shared outcome.
The match kicked off at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium, Abha, Saudi Arabia with both sides displaying early intent, probing each other’s defenses and creating sporadic chances. However, it was Al-Hazem who drew first blood in the 63rd minute, courtesy of Faïz Selemani’s clinical finish from inside the box following a swift counterattack.
Abha responded fiercely, pouring men forward in search of an equalizer. Their relentless pursuit finally paid off in the 78th minute when Grzegorz Krychowiak unleashed a stunning left-footed strike from outside the box, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance and leveling the scores at 1-1.
The latter stages of the game were rife with drama, controversies, and near misses. Al-Hazem’s Vina found himself embroiled in a handball situation, leading to heightened tensions. Yellow cards were brandished on both sides as tempers flared.
The encounter witnessed several close attempts from both teams Abha and Al Hazem, with shots being blocked, saved, or narrowly missing the target. The momentum swung back and forth, keeping the spectators on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
VAR intervention added a layer of complexity when a decision was made to upgrade a card for Al-Hazem’s Vina, intensifying the on-field proceedings. Despite late efforts from either side, including a blocked attempt by Krychowiak, the score line remained unchanged, culminating in a hard-fought draw.
The match was not devoid of controversies, with disputed decisions and heated moments adding to the spectacle. Both teams showcased their resilience and determination, but ultimately, the points were shared in a game that offered thrills and contentious moments in equal measure.