The 2017 Saudi King’s Cup has seen unprecedented happenings, with the 2015 finalists Al Hilal and Al Nassr already eliminated before the semi-finals.
With the big four Al Ittihad, Al Ahli, Al Hilal and Al Nassr usually expected to occupy the final four spots, only two of those sides made it to the semi-finals this year.
Al Ahli managed to beat Al Faiha by a small margin when they drew 1-1 during normal and 2-2 after extra time, before winning 4-3 on penalties where Mohammed Amine Ben Amor scored the winning penalty and Emiliano Izaguirre missed the final one for the opposition.
Meanwhile, Al Ittihad dominated and defeated Al Shabab 3-1 in front of over 50,000 fans at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, to bring back hope into what has been yet another dismal season domestically. Akaichi was once again poor in attack, with two defenders Bader Al Nakhli and Adnan Fallatah scoring two on the night with the other being scored by Kahraba.
The final two spots saw Al Faisaly beat Al Qadisiyah 3-2 and Al Batin shock Al Nassr 1-0 for both teams to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in their history. Should one of them win the trophy, it will be the first time since 1985 that a team outside of the big 5 (Al Hilal, Al Nassr, Al Ahli, Al Ittihad and Al Shabab) won the trophy.