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  • Ahmed Saleh

Al-Ahli defeats Al-Taawoun 3-2, handing them first loss

JEDDAH — In a thrilling game that ended 3-2 in favor of Al-Ahli, Al-Ahli overcame Al-Taawoun to earn a spirited victory and hand them their first loss of the year. The sixth round of the Saudi Professional League was brought to an exciting climax by this game. After suffering a difficult loss against Al-Fateh in the previous round, Al-Ahli found their winning form again. However, Abdul Basit Hindi, who was dismissed in the Al-Taawoun match, will be unable to play in a crucial forthcoming match against Al-Nassr. Two crucial moments in the game that had viewers on the edge of their seats stand out. First, the injury to new Al-Ahli player Abdullah Al-Ammar in the first half forced him off the field and worried the crowd.

Al-Taawoun's third goal (the equalizer) in the 90th minute was the second exciting moment. After speaking with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the referee ultimately decided to cancel the goal. Al-Ahli were successful in earning all three points, bringing their total up to 15, and they exhaled with relief. They moved up to third place in the league standings, trailing Al-Hilal by just one point. Al-Taawoun, in contrast, had a point total that remained at 13, which caused them to fall to fourth place.

When Abdul Basit Hindi scored the game's first goal in the fourth minute, Al-Ahli soon took the lead in the contest. Walid Al-Ahmad, a defender for Al-Taawoun, unintentionally put the ball into his own net after Kessie, an Ivorian player, crossed the ball for Al-Ahli's second goal. With a late first-half goal, Joao Pedro, a new Brazilian player for Al-Taawoun, reduced the deficit.

However, Allan Saint-Maximin of France fired a devastating rocket shot in the 68th minute to give the Green Falcons all three points. Musa Barrow's seeming equalizer in the 90th minute came close to putting a smile on Al-Taawoun supporters' faces. However, a throw-in that was improperly taken before the attack resulted in the goal being disallowed after VAR review. Al-Ahli finally prevailed in the match, while Al-Taawoun suffered their first loss. Abdul Basit Hindi and Spanish player Lvaro Medran got into a physical incident in the closing minutes of the game, which led to both of them earning red cards.

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