On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal won a record fourth Asian Champions League title in Riyadh with a 2-0 victory over Pohang Steelers of South Korea.
Nasser Al Dawsari scored the fastest goal ever for Saudi Arabia in an Asian Champions League final.
Al Dawsari’s 25-meter drive flew into the top corner of Lee Jun’s goal with 16 seconds on the clock to break Mohammad Kallon’s 16-year-old record and put the Saudis on track for a fourth title after successes in 1991, 2000, and 2019.
Pohang, who were also looking for a fourth Asian crown after the club claimed wins in 1997, 1998 and 2009, hit the woodwork through Sin Jin-ho in the 12th minute but fell short in front of a crowd of 50,000 at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Former Porto forward Moussa Marega added a second for Al Hilal 18 minutes into the second half when he held off the attentions of Jeon Min-gwang to reach Bafetimbi Gomis’ through ball and score across Lee and into the far corner.
Al Hilal pick up a first prize of $4 million for winning the title and will now represent Asia at the FIFA Club World Cup when it is played in the United Arab Emirates in January.