AFC Champions League: Al Hilal Saudi Arabia wins the title for the fourth time in its history

RIYADH: Saudi Al Hilal won the AFC Champions League title by defeating South Korea’s Pohang Steelers 2-0 on Tuesday at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh in the final match. Nasser Al-Dosari (1) and Malian Musa Mariga (63) scored the two goals from Al Hilal, who regained the title won in 2019 at the expense of the Japanese Urawa Red Diamonds, and brought his surrender to four titles later. 1991 and 2000. Al Hilal broke the partnership with the club who won the most continental title with his guest, Pohang, who won it in 1997, 1998 and 2009. And within the Saudi giant, participation in the FIFA Club World Cup to be held in the Emirates at the beginning of next year . Al-Hilal allowed his host just 20 seconds and opened the scoring with Al-Dosari after receiving a wrong ball in In the middle of the guest field, advanced before hitting hard from distance in the right scissor of Korean goalkeeper Lee Jun (1). Pohang nearly equalized with Sin Jin Ho with a powerful shot from the crossbar before serving Sang Hyop Lim, who hit with his turn, but goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf brilliantly saved (12). Muhammad Al-Buraik tried his luck with a powerful free-kick that was saved by goalkeeper Lee Jun (21), then French striker Bafetimbi Gomis hit a ball that passed close to the South Korean post (24). Al-Mayouf saved his own goal from the equalizer by blocking a close range header to Wan-kyu Kwon (45 + 1). At the start of the second half, Al Hilal sought the second goal and came close with a powerful shot from Gomis that hit one of the defenders at the right moment (47), then Brazilian Matthews Pereira hit a free-kick that just crossed the crossbar (55). Gu Yong led a quick counter attack that ended with a shot that went to the post (58). Al Hilal responded with a coordinated attack that solidified his progress with a second goal when Gomez passed a ball to Mariga, who was alone with goalkeeper Lee Jun and played it on his right (63). And defender Mutaib Al-Mafraj saved his goal from an investigator when he corrected the skillful goalkeeper’s mistake in catching Sang-Hyop Lim’s cross and pushed him in corner (70). Pereira missed the opportunity to add the third goal to Al Hilal when he received a ball in area and threw him into the arms of the South Korean goalkeeper (75), and Gomez followed suit after finishing it with a shot near the post (81). (AFP)

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