Three-star Hilal edge LISCR
21 February 2018 02:55
Sudanese giants Al Hilal edged visiting LISCR FC of Liberia 3-0 on Tuesday at the renovated Blue Jewel Stadium in Omdurman.
The atmosphere inside the stadium drew over 30,000 supporters, who gathered together for the first competitive game renovate facility, to motivate the Blue Waves to accomplish the mission with ease.
The Sudanese victory was made possible thanks to a first half brace by Ahmed ‘Bisha’ Bashir and the other by midfielder Shrafeldin Shaibob later in the game.
The host opened the scores as early as the third minute when Bisha headed home from Nigerian left-back Aziz Shobola’s cross from the left.
The Liberians push forward to recover quickly, with the likes of Sheiku Sheriff, Allan Njei, Mustapha Njei and Bully Drammeh making attempts at goal. Right back Asaimuh Dann was unlucky to see his goal bound effort on 38 minutes go wide.
Bisha doubled the score for Hilal on 43 minutes, with a cool effort after Brazilian Giovanni Maranhão’s pt him through, taking advantage of the misunderstanding between goalkeeper Tommy Songo and Asiamuh, who both failed to clear the ball to safety.
Back from recess, LISCR again rushed into the attack to complicate Hilal’s mission, with Mustapha Njei missing target from Sheriff’s assist on 52 minutes.
Two minutes later, Hilal captain Mudathir Eltaieb ‘Careca’ almost increased the tally for the host, but he was denied by Tommy Songo.
Shaibob made it three for the home side from corner kick, when Bisha headed direct from the corner to the net, then Shaibob tucked home the rebound from close distance into the net on 65 minutes.
Hilal dominated the game showing up strong character on the offensive, but Songo again denied Careca in the 73rd minute, as the host held on to victory and progress 3-1 on aggregate.
Sérgio Farias (Head Cach, Hilal)
I built an offensive strategy and asked the players to score an early goal, and that is what we achieved. Also, I asked my players to intensify their attacking moves after scoring the two goals, because LISCR had nothing to lose, and will push forward leaving behind space.
We could have added several goals but the LISCR goalkeeper was good as he saved many attempts.
Tapha Manneh (Head Coach, LISCR)
My team played a good game, but Al Hilal scored an early goal that decided the game in the first 45 minutes.
Hilal managed to control the midfield, and the gaps allowed their players moved freely. My team could have scored twice on two occasions, but they do not have enough experience because they are still young players. I did not play the game to defend through the way we played and I did not ask my players to stay in defensive areas.
Three-star Hilal edge LISCR
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