Al Hilal Saudis defeat Pohang Steelers to win 4th Asian Champions League title


November 24 – Al Hilal’s Saudis were crowned Asian Champions after the fastest goal ever in the Continental Champions League final put the club on course for a 2-0 victory over the Pohang Steelers of South Korea and a record fourth title. .

At a crowded King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, the Saudis needed just 16 seconds to ignite the final with a superb strike from Nasser Al-Dawsari, who exploited a loose ball inside the Korean half. His attempted gap was too much for goaltender Gwang-Joon Lee.

With three continental titles under their belt, the Koreans had enough experience to play in the final, but they always seemed second behind Al Hilal. In the second half, Moussa Marega doubled Al Hilal’s lead after industrious Bafetimbi Gomis put in a nice pass to give the Saudis and coach Leonardo Jardim a deserved victory.

“We are the best team in Asia and we have worked hard to get here,” said Al Hilal captain Salman Al-Faraj. “It was a tough game against a good team. We have been together for a long time and we are delighted to win the title again after winning it in 2019. ”

“Al Hilal SFC has a proven track record in the AFC Champions League and this latest achievement is a testament to everyone, generations past and present, working tirelessly behind the scenes to carry on their proud tradition, which, I do ‘no doubt about it, will serve as a source of inspiration for players, teams and clubs in Asia, ”added the President of the Asian Football Confederation, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was also present. He had met the President of the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF) Yasser Al Misehal earlier today.

In a statement, he said: “We discussed the depth and development of relations between SAFF and other international federations, and reflected on the growing role of Saudi Arabia in organizing international and continental events. as well as the continued development of football across the Kingdom – especially the start, this week alone, of the very first edition of the Saudi Women’s Football League.

Al Hilal will represent Asia at the 2021 Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The pitch also includes Chelsea (Europe), Al Ahly (Africa), Monterrey (CONCACAF), Auckland City (Oceania) and hosts Al Jazeera. On Saturday, Palmeiras and Flamengo will face off for South America’s ticket in the Copa Libertadores final in Montevideo.

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