Al Hilal’s 34-match winning streak comes to an end in AFC Champions League semi-final first leg

Al Hilal’s incredible run of 34 consecutive victories came to an end on Tuesday as they were beaten 4-2 by Al Ain in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals.

The Saudi Arabian champions, who were without suspended striker Alen Mitrovic, were undone by three penalties from Al Ain as they suffered their first defeat since August 2023.

Al Ain took a sixth-minute lead through Ali Ahmed Al Romai, before Zoran Lazic converted two penalties in the 26th and 38th minutes to put the hosts firmly in control.

Al Hilal pulled a goal back through Malcom just four minutes after the restart, but Al Ain restored their three-goal advantage when Shogo Kaku converted another penalty in the 56th minute.

Salem Al Dawsari gave Al Hilal a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 78th minute, but it was not enough to prevent the Saudi Arabians from suffering a heavy defeat.

The second leg will take place in Riyadh next week, and Al Hilal will need to overturn a two-goal deficit if they are to reach the AFC Champions League final.

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