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Al Nassr turn on the style to win Saudi Super Cup


Riyadh: Al Nassr claimed their second consecutive Saudi Arabia Super Cup title after defeating fierce rivals Al Hilal SFC 3-0 at the King Fahd International Stadium on Saturday.

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, defending champions Al Nassr put on a second half show with goals from Brazilian midfielder Petros Matheus, 2020 AFC Champions League top scorer Abderrazak Hamdallah and Sami Al Najei to claim victory.

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It was an entertaining first half and Al Hilal thought they had taken the lead after 10 minutes, when Salem Al Dawsari played a cross into the area for Bafetimbi Gomis to score from close range but goal was disallowed for offside.

Al Hilal then suffered a blow in the 22nd minute when captain Salman Al Faraj had to leave the pitch after twisting his ankle following a strong challenge from Al Nassr’s Petros.

Al Nassr dominated proceedings shortly after and should have scored in the 25th minute after Khalid Al Ghannam found Noureddine Amrabat in the area but the Moroccan's shot was blocked by Al Hilal goalkeeper Abdullah Al Mayouf.

Al Mayouf was called into action again when he blocked Al Ghannam's effort at the half hour mark before pulling off a fine save three minutes later to deny Raed Al Ghamdi's volley from close range.

At the other end, Al Nassr's shotstopper Brad Jones kept his side in the game when he denied two late efforts from Al Dawsari and Jang Hyun-soo as the score remained 0-0 going into the break.

Al Nassr came close to finding the net two minutes into the second half when Al Ghannam released Amrabat, who only had Al Mayouf to beat but his effort was denied by the crossbar.

Al Nassr finally broke the deadlock just after the hour mark when Petros scored with a looping header over the advancing Al Mayouf following Al Ghannam's cross.

It was 2-0 with eight minutes left on the clock when Abdulmajeed Al Sulayhem played a neat pass to Hamdallah and the second half substitute made no mistake curling the ball into the back of the net.

Al Nassr added their third goal late in the game when Hamdallah turned provider for Sami Al Najei, who scored with a low drive past Al Mayouf.

Photos: Al Nassr, Saudi Super Cup

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