Al Hilal win again
Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson broke the deadlock after just three minutes at the King Fahd International Stadium after beating the Mes Kerman offside trap from Thiago Neves' defence splitting through ball. And just 12 minutes later Wilhelmsson helped on a near post corner for Osama Hawsawi to head home from close range.
Hawsawi maintained Al Hilal's two-goal lead at the break with a last-gasp clearance off the line to deny Milad Sheikhfakhroddini. After Thiago missed a penalty for the home side, Yasser Al Qahtani sealed the win with nine minutes remaining before Ali Samereh grabbed a stoppage time consolation for Mes Kerman.
With Qatar's Al Sadd demolishing Al Ahli 5-0 in Dubai, Al Hilal top the table three points clear of Al Sadd and Mes Kerman. Brazilian striker Leandro scored a hat-trick as Al Sadd eased to victory over Henk ten Cate's hapless Al Ahli at Al Rashid Stadium.
Ali Hassan Yahya opened the scoring nine minutes before the break following Leandro's through ball before the Brazilian scored twice in quick succession to hand Al Sadd a deserved three-goal half-time lead.
The Brazilian was involved in Al Sadd's fourth as the home side worked the ball across the edge of the Al Ahli area before substitute Yusuf Ahmed fired home. And with 14 minutes remaining Leandro completed his hat-trick with a close range finish.