Why Neymar didn’t play for Al Hilal in the King Cup match on Monday

Al Hilal wins without its major asset but the pressure remains strong on Jorge Jesus
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2023-09-26 17:11:09

Saudi team Al Hilal won 1-0 against Al Jabalain on Monday afternoon in the first round of the King Cup. However, Brazilian star Neymar did not take part in this meeting. Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus chose to leave him to rest, just like Michael. Midfielder Milinkovic-Savic was also spared.


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Despite this reshuffled team, the pressure was great on Jorge Jesus. He was whistled after the draw against Damac and his job at the helm of Al Hilal is being questioned in Saudi Arabia. The winning goal was scored by Portuguese defensive midfielder Rúben Neves in the 19th minute of the second half.

This result allows Al Hilal to reach the round of 16 of the King Cup. The identity of their next opponent will be determined by drawing lots. In the league, the team is in second place with 17 points before facing Al Shabab next Friday. Some Saudi media believe that the dismissal of Jorge Jesus is imminent. Despite eight victories in 14 matches, the results do not live up to the club’s great ambitions after such investments.