Copa MX

Saudi club relying Syrian star to deliver Asian club title

Al Hilal is relying on star Syrian striker Omar Khribin to deliver victory in the 2017 Asian Champions League final at Urawa Reds.

The first leg in Riyadh ended 1-1 with Khribin, who almost led Syria into the 2018 World Cup, scoring his 10th goal of the tournament. His strike eight minutes before half-time canceled out an early opener from Urawa's Rafael Silva.

Al Hilal, beaten in the 2014 final by Western Sydney Wanderers, dominated but could not take an advantage into Saturday's return match in Japan.