Just as Messi’s first appearance in MLS was brilliant, Benzema’s debut in Arab football has also been great. The French striker made his debut with a goal and an assist in his first official match with Al Ittihad, on the first day of the Arab Clubs Championship. His two actions helped his team come back against Esperance de Tunis (1-2) in a match in which Kanté also made his official debut.
As has happened to Cristiano since he signed for Al Nassr, Benzema’s teammates at Al Ittihad look for him excessively. In each play, it gives the impression that the first option of each footballer is to give it to his new star, as if he were a video game player capable of solving all the plays on each ball he touches. There will be those who say that in recent years in Madrid there was a Benzema dependency, but in the white team Vinicius, Modric and Rodrygo, among many others, know how to wage war on their own perfectly. ANDt is evident that both Benzema and Cristiano and all the big names that are about to arrive in Arabia have gone to the East to give visibility to football in the region, but with this dynamic of the game, only they are seen, both in good and in good terms. in the bad.
While Al Itthad was obsessed with Benzema scoring his first official goal, Esperance from Tunisia took the lead thanks to a shot from Bouguerra inside the area. The joy did not last long for the Tunisian team. What it took Benzema to do his first mischief in Arab football. He drove the ball into the box on the left side, faked a cross with his left and flicked the ball from behind to his right leg, with which he put a perfect thread towards Hamdallah’s head.who with his goal turned the ex-madridista’s cross into his first assist with Al Ittihad.
Kanté’s entry in the second half gave Benzema some breathing space, who already had someone to share the limelight with. With less focus, the striker was able to move more freely, fall to the wings, become invisible to the rival defense. Thus, near game time, Benzema was able to start from the left in the run and reach the peak of the area, from where he put the ball in the top corner with a right foot. It was the dream debut. Goal and assistance that served to overcome the game. The goal was his last great action before leaving the King Fahd Stadium in Taifa to an applause a few minutes later when he was replaced by Farhan.