Soccer-Al-Hilal set record for consecutive victories in Saudi Pro League

Soccer Football - Saudi Pro League - Al Hilal v Al Wehda - Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 15, 2023 Al Hilal players pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri/File Photo

(Reuters) - Leaders Al-Hilal set the record for consecutive victories in the Saudi Pro League with a 2-0 win over hosts Al-Ettifaq on Monday.

The Saudi giants are seven points clear at the top of the standings with 59 points from 21 matches, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr, who beat Al-Shabab 3-2 on Sunday.

Coach Jorge Jesus' team have achieved 14 consecutive victories in the league, ending Al-Nassr's previous record of winning 13 matches from November 2013 until February 2014.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave Al-Hilal the lead in the 40th minute with a header after a corner. Salem Al Dawsari added the second goal from close range in first half added time.

Al-Hilal's evening would have been perfect, but top scorer Alexander Mitrovic received a yellow card and will miss the next match, against defending champions Al-Ittihad, due to cards accumulated.

(Reporting by Ashraf Hamed Atta; Editing by Alison Williams)

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