On Tuesday, Al Hilal will meet with its Korean counterpart Pohang for the first time in the AFC Champions League final, in an upcoming confrontation hosted by King Fahd International Stadium in the capital, Riyadh, in the fourth confrontation between the two teams in history.
The two big teams had previously met on 3 previous occasions, all of which were in the Champions League, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the Super Cup.
Their first direct confrontation was in the AFC Super Cup final, where Al Hilal played the match as the Cup Winners Cup, while Pohang played the match as the AFC Champions League champion.
The two teams played the first leg in Riyadh on the same stadium, which will host the final, King Fahd International Stadium. Al Hilal excelled in the match and won with a clean goal scored by striker Sami Al Jaber.
In the return match, Pohang’s desire to return to the match was made clear through intense pressure, and he succeeded in scoring an early goal, specifically after 12 minutes, so that Al Hilal managed with his experience to settle the match by scoring the equalizer at the 52nd minute through Al Jaber again, to win Al Hilal the title.
Their last confrontation was in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup Champions League, when Pohang won with a clean goal and qualified for the final match, and succeeded in crowning the title by defeating China’s Dalian on penalties.
Al Hilal waited until 2019 when it won the AFC Champions League title after beating Japan’s Urawa 3-0 on aggregate after losing to it in the 2017 edition, and also losing to Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 edition, while Pohang won the competition title once in 2009 when He defeated Ittihad Jeddah 2-1 in the final.