The Saudis of Al-Hilal created a sensation by eliminating the Brazilians of Flamengo (2-3) in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup, this Tuesday evening in Tangier (Morocco). The Saudi Arabian champions are through to the final of the competition for the first time in their history.
Al-Hilal scored their first two goals from the penalty spot thanks to Salem Al-Dawsari (4’0-1, 45+9’0-2). The one who offered a superb strike to victory for Saudi Arabia against Argentina at the last World Cup will no doubt haunt the minds of the Cariocas for a long time to come.
Pedro managed to equalize with a nice cross shot (20′ 1-1) before the exclusion of Gerson for abuse of yellow cards (45+8′), the end of the first period being quite simply catastrophic for Flamengo… while the statistics were very largely in favor of the Brazilians.
In the second half, a powerful strike from the Argentinian Luciano Viettonotably with Atlético Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla, gave the Saudis a two-goal lead (70′ 1-3).
In stoppage time of the game, despite their numerical inferiority, the Flamengo players managed to reduce the score thanks to a second goal from Pedro (90 + 1′ 2-3), but not to snatch the extension.
The second semi-final of this Club World Cup will oppose, on Wednesday, Real Madrid to the Egyptians of Al Ahly. The final will take place on Saturday.