Urawa, Al Hilal 1-1 in 1st leg of Asian Champs League final

November 18, 2017

Japan's Urawa Red Rafael Da Silva, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal with his teammate Kohrogi Shinzoh against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia during the first leg of their Asian Champions League final soccer match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and Urawa Reds of Japan drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Asian Champions League final on Saturday.

Both goals at King Fahd International Stadium came in the first half.

Rafael Silva gave Urawa the early lead and an away goal, while Omar Khribin equalized with his 10th of the tournament.

Urawa, the one-time champion a decade ago, was on the board after just eight minutes through Silva’s low shot from inside the area.

The Saudi side responded with pressure on Urawa goalkeeper Shusaka Nishikawa, who had to make several saves, especially from Khribin.

The Syrian striker, in the running for the Asian Football Confederation player of the year award, made amends eight minutes before the break, shooting past Nishikawa from close range.

The second leg is next Saturday at Urawa’s Saitama Stadium.

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