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Al Hilal part ways with Răzvan Lucescu

Riyadh: Saudi Pro League champions Al Hilal SFC have terminated the contract of head coach Răzvan Lucescu and his assistants.

The decision came just hours before the 2019 AFC Champions League winners suffered a 1-0 loss against Damac FC, their second defeat in their last three matches in the Saudi Pro League.

Al Hilal are currently third in the standings, five points behind pacesetters Al Shabab.

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The 51-year-old, who took charge of Al Hilal in 2019, enjoyed success with the Saudi giants as he steered them to the 2019 AFC Champions League title and the Saudi Pro League and Saudi King Cup double in the 2019-2020 season.

"The board of directors decided to sign a mutual termination agreement with the Romanian manager of Al Hilal Razvan Lucescu, expressing gratitude and appreciation to Razvan and his assistants for their efforts during their career at the club," read a Al Hilal statement.

Standing in for Lucescu as interim is Al Hilal's U-19 head coach Rogério Micale, who will take charge of the first team on Monday.

The former Brazilian international goalkeeper led his country to the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup final and steered the Brazil Olympic team to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics before having stints with Brazilian clubs Atlético Mineiro, Paraná and Figueirense.

In the 2021 AFC Champions League, Al Hilal will have Shabab Al Ahli of UAE, FC Istiklol of Tajikistan and a playoff winner for company in Group A.

The new season kicks off with the preliminary stage on April 7 with the group stage - which starts on April 14 - to be played in centralised venues.

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