Saudi Pro League hails Al Hilal for their historic progress into the FIFA Club World Cup final
The Saudi Pro League has congratulated Al Hilal on their historic achievement in becoming the first Saudi Arabian team to make the FIFA Club World Cup’s final.
A pair of first-half penalties from Saudi Arabia superstar Salem Al Dawsari and Argentine winger Luciano Vietto’s 70th-minute strike secured Tuesday’s landmark 3-2 triumph against Brazil’s Flamengo, in the semi-finals. This result secured a berth in Saturday’s showpiece clash with either Spain’s Real Madrid or Egypt’s Al Ahly at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco.
Saudi Pro League Chairman Abdulaziz Alafaleq said: “We are all very proud of Al Hilal’s success last night and look forward to their Club World Cup final against either Real Madrid or Al Ahly, on Saturday.
“On behalf of all the SPL players, clubs and supporters we wish Al Hilal every success.”
The progress of the reigning AFC Champions League winners is further success for Saudi Arabia following last week’s announcement it had been selected to host its first AFC Asian Cup, in 2027.
Executive President & CEO Garry Cook added: “Another great result for a Saudi Pro League club. This is the first time a Saudi club has made it to the Club World Cup final, demonstrating the huge strides forward football continues to make in The Kingdom.
“Working with all the clubs in SPL, we are building a world-class league for football fans around the world to enjoy. Congratulations Al Hilal, and best wishes for the final.”
Al Hilal previously competed in the 2019 and 2021 Club World Cups, reaching the last-four in both.
Al Nassr featured in 2000’s inaugural edition and Al Ittihad finished fourth in 2005.