Abha vs Al-Hilal player ratings: Malcom’s one-man show secures an away win

Al-Hilal opened their season with a deserved 3-1 away win vs Abha. Malcom’s hat trick was more than enough for the champions for 3 of the past 4 years to triumph without too much bother. Here are our Abha vs Al-Hilal player ratings and the unsurprising Player of the Match too.

Abha vs Al Hilal ratings
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  • After cautious start things heated up past the half hour when a quick exchange of goals was witnessed.
  • Early in the second half, Malcom scored his second to give Al-Hilal their second lead.
  • There was no way back for Abha this time. Malcom added a third late on to confirm the win.

Abha player ratings: lacked creativity and cutting edge

GK Devis Epassy 6.4/10 – Solid in the first half. Not so much after the break.

DF Saleh Al-Qumayzi 6.2/10 – Struggled defensively all match. Made a bad mistake for the opening goal.

DF Mohammed Naji 6.9/10 – Solid debut. Did well inside his own box. His passing lacked accuracy though.

DM Ahmad Al-Hbeab 6.0/10 – Very shaky. Never found a way to contain Malcom and this was his main job.

DF Saad Al-Salouli 6.6/10 – Defended relatively well. Also, made a few nice forays forward in the first half.

MF Fahad Mohammed 6.3/10 – Had a decent opening half. Lost confidence after the break. Made bad mistakes late on too.

MF Uros Matic 6.4/10 – Struggled to impact the game. Most of his passes were backwards. 

MF Grzegorz Krychowiak 7.0/10 – Good overall. Could have done more in attack. Still, the only proactive passer in his team.

MF Zakaria Al-Sudani 6.3/10 – Very sloppy first touch shown all match. Kept running into traffic too.

FW Saad Bguir 7.0/10 – Scored Abha’s first-half equaliser. Had 2 other good chances too.

FW Francois Kamano 6.0/10 – Not a debut worth remembering. Didn’t do much.



Al-Hilal player ratings: Malcom showed the way forward

GK Abdullah Al-Mayouf 6.8/10 – Made 2 strong saves to keep his team’s 2-1 lead intact. Not tested too much otherwise.

DF Mohammed Al-Burayk 7.1/10 – Aggressive on the right flank. His crosses carried serious threats all match. 

DF Mohammed Jahfali 6.8/10 – Awful passing shown early on. Improved in the second half.

DF Ali Al-Boleahi 7.1/10 – Played a solid game. No mistakes. Good under pressure.

DF Nasser Al-Dawsari 7.5/10 – Attacked all match. Never stopped bombing forward and kept the left flank under control very well. 

MF Musab Al-Juwayr 6.4/10 – Struggled with his passing.

MF Ruben Neves 6.9/10 – Looked sloppy on the ball at times. Still, showed his class with his crosses and through balls.

MF Michael 7.5/10 – Very good link-up play with his countryman Malcom all match. 

FW Malcom 9.4/10 – Scored all 3 goals for his team. Didn’t do much wrong.

FW Salem Al-Dawsari 7.7/10 – Very active and engaged the defenders well.

FW Abdullah Al-Hamdan 6.5/10 – Quiet. Missed 3 good chances way too easily.


MF M. Kanno N/A

MF S. Abdulhamid N/A

MF Y. Al-Shahrani N/A

DF M. Al-Qahtani N/A

DF A. Radif N/A

Player of the Match: Malcom

Al-Hilal’s Brazilian striker Mallcom started the season with 3 goals. He was by far the most impactful player on the pitch in this match and every time he touched the ball there was danger for Abha’s defence. Without much trouble, we easily identify Malcom as our Player of the Match.

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