Rabat: Al Hilal SFC are on course to surpass their previous best at the FIFA Club World Cup and they owe their place in the semi-finals to 19-year-old Musab Al Juwayr.
Al Juwayr, making just his 21st senior appearance, showed nerves of steel to convert Al Hilal's final spot-kick in their 5-3 penalty shootout win over CAF Champions League winners Wydad AC in their Morocco 2022 second round tie on Saturday.
Al Hilal had earlier clawed their way back from the jaws of defeat through a Mohamed Kanno spot-kick in the fourth minute of added time to force extra-time, with the tie ending 1-1.
Al Hilal edge Wydad on penalties to book last four spot
Rabat: Al Hilal SFC advanced to the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2022 semi-finals after edging Wydad AC 5-3 on penalties after their second round tie ended 1-1 over 120 minutes on Saturday.
Reigning AFC Champions League™ holders Al Hilal had to do it the hard way, with Mohamed Kanno forcing the tie into extra-time and then penalties after netting the equaliser deep in added time, with the player subsequently shown the red card in an enthralling tie.
Saudi Arabian champions Al Hilal will face Flamengo of Brazil in the last four as they bid to advance to the final after finishing fourth twice.
Damascus: Veteran Argentine coach Hector Cuper has been appointed head coach of Syria, the national football federation announced on Thursday.
"Argentina's Hector Cuper, new coach of Syria. The new coach of the Syrian national team and his assistant staff will arrive in Syria in the coming days," the Syrian Football Association posted on Facebook, without specifying the duration of his contract.
Dubai: The end of January concluded one of the most exciting winter transfer windows in recent times across the world, and Asian football was no exception.
Whether it was replacing injured players, plugging defensive gaps, or boosting their squads ahead of a title charge or a relegation battle, clubs in West Asia were busy throughout the month. The-AFC.com looks at some of the key moves across the region this winter.
Transfer Wrap: Big names on the move (ASEAN & East)
Kuala Lumpur: It’s been a busy month in the world of transfers across Asia with big names swapping clubs domestically as well as moving between countries and continents.
With a number of clubs signing players ahead of the kick-off to their 2023 campaigns and others looking to bolster their squads mid-season, the-AFC.com highlights some of the most notable moves involving teams from the East and ASEAN regions in recent weeks.