A goal midway through the second half from Naif Hazazi earned Al-Ittihad the slenderest of advantages over Al-Ahly in its AFC Champions League semi-final clash.
In front of a 24,000 strong crowd the home side made the most of the running with Hazazi going close to a second in the dying minutes.
AFC Champions League
Patrick Zwaanswijk will rely on his vast experience to help him
keep the emotion out of it when he plays his last game for Central
Coast Mariners against Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.