Al-Ahli Claims 3-2 Victory Over Al-Taawoun: Allan Saint-Maximin Shines with Spectacular Winning Goal for Home Team in Thrilling Five-Goal Match, Marking His First Goal for Saudi Pro League Side Since £25m Summer Transfer

Al-Ahli Claims 3-2 Victory Over Al-Taawoun: Allan Saint-Maximin Shines with Spectacular Winning Goal for Home Team in Thrilling Five-Goal Match, Marking His First Goal for Saudi Pro League Side Since £25m Summer Transfer

Former Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez continued his successful run in the Saudi Pro League after securing an early assist against Al-Taawoun. 

Roberto Firmino and Riyad Mahrez both started for the Saudi club, alongside Newcastle star Allan Saint Maximin. 

Saint-Maximin netted a stunning winner from outside the box, folllowed by a spectacular somersaulting celebration to wow his new Saudi Pro League fans 

Al-Ahli took an early lead to make it 2-0, though the gap was closed swiftly, thanks to goals from Joao Pedro Pereira dos Santos and Musa Barrow.

Into the second half, Allan Saint-Maximin struck gold from outside the box with a stunning winner that clinched the eventual 3-2 victory. 

Riyad Mahrez moved from Manchester City to Al-Ahli after winning the treble last year

Saint-Maximin scored the winning goal for his new side with a strike from outside the box

The Frenchman made over 100 appearances for Newcastle after moving from Ligue 1 side Nice

The Frenchman made over 100 appearances for Newcastle after moving from Ligue 1 side Nice

Firmino and Mahrez started for the Saudi club, alongside Newcastle star Allan Saint Maximin

Firmino and Mahrez started for the Saudi club, alongside Newcastle star Allan Saint Maximin

MATCH FACTS

Al-Ahli: (4-2-3-1) Mendy, Majrashi, Ibañez, Hindi, Al-Ammar, Al-Majhad, Kessie, Mahrez, Veiga, Saint-Maximin, Firmino

Subs: Alhurayji (36), Al-Nabit (61), Al-Zubaidi, Alrashidi (84), Al Hamad, Aljohani, Yaslam (83), Al-Asmari, Abdulaziz Abdo

Goalscorers: Hindi (4), Al-Ahmed OG (23)

Cards: Majrashi (27), Ibañez (60), Hindi (87, 90+5 Red), Alhurayji (90+10)

Al- Taawoun: (4-3-3) Maylson, Al-Ghamdi, Girotto, Al-Ahmed, Faqeehi, Flavio, El Mahdioui, Medran, Mateus, Pereira dos Santos, Bahusayn

Subs: Al-Saluli (46), Barrow (46), Al Roqi, Al-Shammeri (83), Abdulrazzaq (75), Mohammed Al Fiqi, Aldhulayfi, Madani, Mohamed (83)

Goalscorers: Pereira dos Santos (45+3), Barrow (51)

Cards: Flavio (66)

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The Frenchman joined Al-Ahli for a reported fee of around £23million, in amongst a wave of Premier League stars making the swap to the Saudi Pro League for eye-watering fees.

The winger, 26, registered his first goal as an Al-Ahli player, having made six appearances for his new club so far.  

Chelsea’s ex-goalkeeper Edouard Mendy started for Al-Ahli, though failed to stop shots from Pereira dos Santos and Musa Barrow of Al-Taawoun.

Saint-Maximin’s late strike went onto clinch the three points for the Saudi Pro League side. 

Musa Barrow thought he had secured himself a brace when he hit the back of the net in stoppage time. 

VAR ruled out the goal, securing the win for Al-Ahli after the club spent big this summer in their hopes to challenge Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr for the title. 

Abdulbasit Hindi was sent off in stoppage time, alongside Spanish midfielder Alvaro Medran – with both teams down to ten-men in added time. 

Al-Ahli sit third in the league, while Al-Taawoun are close behind them in fourth. 

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