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Ighalo strikes late as Al Hilal beat Al Shabab to Saudi Kings Cup final spot

by: Evolve


Odion lghalo can’t stop scoring against his former side – Al Shabab, the forward grabbed the game-winning goal in extra time to send Al Hilal to the Saudi Kings Cup final.

Al Shabab lost 2-1 to Al Hilal in the semi-final match, with the Super Eagles’ striker’s goal giving Al Hilal a clean victory on Sunday night.

Just days after recovering from the international break, the former Watford man shocked Al Shabab once more with his goal-scoring brilliance.

Éver Banega fired the visitors ahead from a spot kick in the 63rd minute, but Salman Al-Faraj pulled his team back into the game nine minutes later.

Ighalo struck the game-winning goal after 105 minutes of play to advance the Ramón Daz squad to the final.

The defenders of Al Shabab were unable to stop the Nigerian forward, who produced a spectacular goal from outside the 18-yard box to give his team the win.

The strike gives the 32-year-old his 23rd goal in all competitions this season. They will face either Al-Fayha or Al-Ittihad in the final.

When Al Shabab takes on Mumbai City in the AFC Champions League Group stage on Friday, April 8, they will be looking to avenge their loss.

1 Comment

  • Chuks

    No wonder Super Eagles coach called him back to the squad. The forward is on fire.

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