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Tonight Al Hilal to Face Real Madrid in FIFA Club W. Cup Final

Sat 11 Feb 2023 | 12:01 PM
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Tonight, Saudi Al Hilal will face the Spanish giants Real Madrid in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Saudi's Al-Hilal FC beat South American champions Flamengo to become the first team from Saudi Arabia to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Flamengo started Tuesday's semi-final as heavy favorites to progress but fell behind to a fourth-minute penalty kick that was won by Luciano Vietto and converted by Salem Al Dawsari.

Vietto had been fouled by Matheuzinho but the Flamengo right-back made amends when he provided an assist for an equalizer on 20 minutes.

It was scored by Brazil international Pedro, who produced a stylish first-time finish from inside the penalty area.

Al-Hilal were then awarded a second penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.

On the other hand, Real Madrid booked their seat in the Club World Cup final with a 4-1 win against Egyptian club Al Ahly on Wednesday to keep alive its quest for a record-extending eighth world title.

Vinícius Júnior, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo and Sergio Arribas scored for the Spanish side, which will play Al-Hilal in Saturday’s final. The Saudi Arabian team beat Brazilian club Flamengo 3-2 on Tuesday.

Madrid has won the world club title a record seven times, including three times when the competition was called the Intercontinental Cup. Madrid is chasing its first world club title since 2018.

Ali Maaloul scored the lone goal for Al Ahly, with his team already trailing 2-0 in the second half. Vinícius opened the scoring in the 42nd minute and Valverde added to the lead early in the second half before Rodrygo and Arribas sealed the victory in stoppage time.