Al-Hilal's hopes to reach the Asian Champions League quarter-finals ended with a 4-3 penalty defeat to Qatar's Umm-Salal at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.
|Saudi Al-Hilal player Seol Kihyeon, in blue, vies with Mohammed Mussa of Umm Salal [AFP]
Goalkeeper Baba Malick made two saves in a shoot-out to upset the hosts as after 120 minutes without a score, the opening match of the second round went to penalties.
The result was a big shock for the Riyadh club who had officially announced a two-year contract with Marseille coach Eric Gerets who was supposed to take over the team in the remaining matches of the competition.
The teams produced few good chances in regulation and extra time.
After a dull first half, Seol Ki-hyeon forced a good save by Malick to start the second spell.
Umm-Salal's Magno Alves had a dangerous cross into the box booted away by
Mohammed Al Nakhli under pressure, and in the second period of extra time Al-Hilal replacement Ahmed Al Suwaileh made Malick come up big again.
In the penalty shoot-out, Aziz Ben Askar sent Umm-Salal's first shot over the crossbar, but Malick dived right to stop Tareq El Taib to tie it at 2, and, after Ibrahim Nadiya put Umm-Salal up 4-3, the 'keeper palmed away Mohammed Al Shalboub's attempt to advance the Qatar club.
The second round continues on Wednesday with Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) vs. Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan), Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) vs. Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia), Piroozi Athletic (Iran) vs. Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan).