Juan Antonio Pizzi has cut star playmaker Nawaf Al-Abed from Saudi Arabia's final 2018 World Cup squad of 23, shortly after watching his team lose 3-0 to Peru in Switzerland on Sunday.
The Al Hilal man scored four goals in the final round of qualification as the Green Falcons booked their first World Cup spot since 2006, but has been battling injuries for much of the year. Al-Abed made his first appearance of 2018 for the national team against Peru but did not do enough to convince the former Chile...
Al Hilal and Syria striker Omar Khrbin was named the AFC Player of the Year at the Asian Football Confederation's annual awards in Bangkok on Wednesday, with Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min scooping the international award.
Rafael Silva's late goal secured Urawa Red Diamonds' first AFC Champions League (ACL) crown in a decade as the J-League side sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal at Saitama Stadium on Saturday.
Silva scored with just two minutes remaining as Urawa followed up their 2007 success with victory in front of almost 58,000 fans as the title returned to Japan for the first time since Gamba Osaka's 2008 victory.
Urawa Red Diamonds' hopes of claiming their first AFC Champions League (ACL) crown in a decade were given a boost after Al Hilal's influential Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo was ruled out for Saturday's game with a serious knee injury.
Eduardo scored seven goals in this year's campaign as the Saudi Arabian side advanced to their second final in four seasons. He hurt his knee in the build up to the goal Urawa scored at the King Fahd International Stadium in a 1-1 draw in the opening leg that...
Rafael Da Silva earned Urawa Red Diamonds the narrowest of advantages ahead of the second leg of the AFC Champions League final after the Brazilian's early strike secured a 1-1 draw with Al Hilal at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Saturday evening.
Da Silva's seventh minute effort was cancelled out eight minutes from half-time by Syrian striker Omar Khribin to leave Urawa with the upper hand going into the return at Saitama Stadium next week.