Al Hilal lifted the AFC Champions League trophy for a record fourth time as Nasser Al-Dawsari’s memorable first-minute strike set them on the way to a 2-0 win over Pohang Steelers.
At the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, left-back Al-Dawsari produced a spectacular opener, and a clinical finish after the break from Moussa Marega tied up the triumph.
The breakthrough came inside 17 seconds with a remarkable long-range strike from Al-Dawsari, who snatched the ball in midfield and drove forward before lashing into the top-left corner from 28 yards with his left boot.
There was almost an equally dazzling reply from Sin Jin-ho in the 12th minute when he rattled the bar from the edge of the penalty area, the fingertips of goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayoof preventing the ball dipping in.
The ball fell to Lim Sang-hyub, but again Al-Mayoof made the save, scrambling to block the close-range shot.
Into the history books
Nasser Al Dawsari 1′ (2021)
Kallon 2′ (2005)
Lucas 4′ (2008)
Silva 7′ (2017)
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Matheus Pereira thrashed a free-kick over the bar as Al Hilal looked for a second goal, while Pohang’s Go Young-joon sent a shot skidding wide at the other end.
It was Marega who made sure in the 63rd minute, taking a throughball from Bafetimbi Gomis in his stride and firing low across goal into the left corner.
Victory means Al Hilal are now the outright most successful team in competition history, edging ahead of Tuesday’s opponents who came into the game also with three previous titles.