Al Hilal compensated for its two-time delay in front of its host Damak to win 4-2 and regain second place in the Mohammed bin Salman Professional League on Saturday.
Al Hilal almost lost for the second match in a row when it was delayed by a goal by Argentine Emilio Zelaya from a penalty kick, three minutes after the start, after goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf blocked striker Mansour Hamzi.
Musab Al-Juwair equalized for Al-Hilal with a superb shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 36th minute, but four minutes later Hamzi returned the lead to the hosts with a wonderful header.
Brazilian Mateos Pereira, the defending champion, returned the match with a shot from inside the penalty area in the 75th minute.
Four minutes later, Malian Moussa Mariga took advantage of a mistaken shot from his Brazilian teammate, Michael Delgado, to hit the ground creeping from close range past goalkeeper Mustafa Zaghba.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Saud Abdul Hamid sent its follower, Nigerian Odion Ighalo, with a header in the goal to make the score 4-2 for the defending champion.
Al-Hilal raised its score to 52 points from 25 matches, leaving it behind by eight points from the leaders Al-Ittihad, which played 26 matches.
On the other hand, Damak, who has not participated in any league match since last March, froze at 42 points in fifth place.