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AFC Champions League 2017: Toyota Player of the Week - Al Hilal's Carlos Eduardo

8:46 PM SGT 16/9/17
Carlos Eduardo
The Brazilian's sensational hattrick propelled Al Hilal to the AFC Champions League semifinals....

Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal reached the semifinals of the AFC Champions League after a sensational 3-0 win over Al Ain in the second leg of their quarter-final bout.

After a tight 0-0 draw in the first leg, somebody needed to take charge of the second leg game and it was Al Hilal's star striker Carlos Eduardo who rose to the occassion. 

The Brazilian helped Al Hilal take full control of the game at the end of the first half with twin strikes before completing his hat-trick in the second half. 

First, in the 42nd minute, Nicolas Milesi sent in a sumptuous free kick which was headed in expertly by Eduardo. He would go on to add a second in first-half added time after volleying home a dinked pass from Milesi.  

Eduardo went on to seal the result in the 74th minute by running on to Salem Al Dawsari’s pass in behind the Al AIn defence and slotting home. The hat-trick ensured Carlos Eduardo has now drawn level with Al Ain's Omar Abdulrahman and Shanghai SIPG's Hulk as the topscorer of the tournament with seven goals to his name. 

His sensational performance, which saw him clock five shots on target, helped Al Hilal knock out one of the pre-tournament favourites. 

It is no wonder that he is the Toyota Player of the Week.