Al-Hilal win AFC Champions League with 2-0 victory over Pohang Steelers


A breathtaking, history-making Nasser Al-Dawsari goal after just 16 seconds of the AFC Champions League final set Saudi side Al-Hilal on their way to a deserved 2-0 victory over Pohang Steelers on Tuesday, and a record fourth continental title.

The match started well for the Saudi team. Nasser Al Dawsari made history scoring the fastest goal in the competition, barely 16 seconds after the start of the match.

The 22-year-old’s early breakthrough was record-breaking as it was the fastest goal ever scored in the Champions League final. Moussa Marega doubled the lead in the second half and Pohang, who were second-best for much of the game, never really looked likely to come back from that.

The Saudi team coached by Leonardo Jardim becomes the most successful in Asia with four Champions League titles.

Al Hilal’s victory came a year after they were thrown out of the competition following numerous cases of Covid-19 infections within their squad.

Their previous wins came in 1991 and 2000, when the tournament was known as the Asian Club Championship, and in 2019.

In January, Saudi Arabia will compete in the World Club Championship alongside European champions Chelsea and African champions Al Ahly.

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