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Karim Benzema misses penalty as Al-Ittihad lose to Al-Hilal in Arab Club Champions Cup

Karim Benzema failed to convert his spot-kick as Al-Ittihad lost 3-1 to Al-Hilal in the quarter-finals of the Arab Club Champions Cup yesterday.

The former Real Madrid star made a spectacular start in Saudi Arabia, scoring a brilliant goal on his debut against ES Tunis

He followed that up by making it to the scoresheet in the Tigers’ next two group games against CS Sfaxien and Al-Shorta. 

But the 35-year-old failed to find the net in the Saudi El Clasico on Saturday as Al-Ittihad were dumped out of the competition.

Al-Hilal made a strong start to the game as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who moved to the Saudi Pro League from Lazio last month in a €40 million deal, scored with an excellent header in the 14th minute

They extended their advantage just before the interval with Salem Aldawsari converting his penalty kick. 

Al-Ittihad sparked hopes of a comeback when Romarinho reduced the deficit by getting on the end of Igor Coronado’s cross early in the second half. 

But Malcom headed home from close range to restore their two-goal advantage. 

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side received a golden opportunity to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute. 

But Benzema failed to hit the target to end Al-Ittihad’s comeback hopes. 

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