Saudi Pro League: Al Raed – Damac | Date: December 15, 2023 | Time: 20:30 Hrs. | Location: King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
|FINAL SCORE: Al Raed 0-1 Damac
|Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (42′)
In a tightly contested match between Al-Raed and Damac, it was the visiting team that emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 win. The game was filled with drama, intense moments, and a single critical goal that proved decisive in the end.
The match kicked off with both sides displaying their intentions early on, eager to seize control. The physicality of the game was apparent from the start, with several fouls disrupting the flow in the opening minutes. Damac’s Georges-Kévin Nkoudou was a constant threat, creating opportunities for his team.
The first half saw its fair share of action, with both teams pushing for the breakthrough. The deadlock was finally broken in the 41st minute when Georges-Kévin Nkoudou capitalized on a fast break, rifling a precise right-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom right corner. Domagoj Antolic provided the crucial assist, giving Damac the crucial lead just before halftime.
As the second half commenced, Al-Raed initiated substitutions, aiming to turn the tide in their favor. The game intensified with Al-Raed pressing for an equalizer, creating chances through set-pieces and shots from outside the box. Damac, on the other hand, defended resolutely, holding onto their slender lead.
The match witnessed a flurry of yellow cards and injuries, disrupting the rhythm of play in the latter stages. Both teams made strategic substitutions to maintain their respective advantages, with Damac trying to hold onto their lead and Al-Raed striving for an elusive goal.
Despite Al-Raed’s relentless efforts, Damac’s defense stood firm, denying them any clear-cut opportunities. In the dying moments, a missed attempt from Nicolae Stanciu for Damac and a saved shot from Karim El Berkaoui for Al-Raed highlighted the intensity of the final minutes.
The referee blew the final whistle, confirming Damac’s 1-0 victory over Al-Raed. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou’s first-half strike proved to be the decisive moment, securing three valuable points for Damac in a fiercely contested encounter.