By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Raed of Cameroon’s Arnaud Djoum Gilles Suitchine has suffered a first defeat of the 2020-2021 season.
The hotly-contested match-day three fixture in the Championship played on Friday pitting host Al-Batin to visiting Al-Raed wasn’t short of drama.
Cameroon’s Arnaud Djoum assisted, saw red within 48 minutes as his side squandered an early lead and accepted their first defeat of the season.
Both sides came into the fixture knowing the importance of a positive results and went out for it from kick off.
Djoum played in Karim El Berkaoui for Al-Raed’s first and only goal of the evening barely two minutes into the game.
However, the visitors failed to protect their lead in a night of total drama.
After the goal, both sides settled into the game though without any veritable goal-mouth opportunity for over 35 minutes.
Djoum was booked in the 28th minute and his midfield colleague Jalal Daoudi in the 37th minute.
As Al-Raed’s disciplinary issues developed, 29-year-old Angolan forward Fábio Gonçalves Abreu leveled matters for Al-Batin in the 39th minute.
It was parity at the break and promising more in the second segment.
Barely three minutes after the interval, Djoum was in trouble; the experienced Cameroonian midfielder had his name taken again by the referee, amounting to a red card which reduced Al-Raed to 10.
Coach Besnik Hasi of Al-Raed made five changes within 30 minutes just like José António da Rocha Garrido. Both gaffers were certainly looking for another goal.
Al-Batin scored the winner nine minutes from time through Fahad Hadl Al-Shammeri who benefitted from an assist from El-Jebri.
Both sides failed to create any goal opportunity till full-time, leaving host Al-Batin with their first win and three points of the season while Al-Raed suffered their first defeat.
8th-placed Al-Raed with four points from three games will remain on the road to face Al-Wehda on Thursday in a match-day four fixture, without suspended Arnaud Djoum Gilles Suitchine.
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