Odion Ighalo and Al Hilal stunned a 10-man Flanengo to reach their first ever FIFA Club World Cup final at Tangier Stadium, Tangier, Morocco on Tuesday, 07 February 2023.
Two penalty goals from Salem Al Dawsari and a close-range strike from Luciano Vietto was enough to overpower two Pedro’s goal for Flamengo and secure a 3-2 victory.
Al Dawsari opened the scoring from the spot after three minutes and while Pedro levelled for the Brazilians, their hopes were hit when Gerson conceded a penalty and was sent off in first-half stoppage time for receiving two yellow cards.
That allowed Al Dawsari to grab his second and Vietto added a third after the break with a beautiful finish from close range as he roofed the ball unto the crossbar into the net, ensuring Pedro’s late goal for Flamengo was just a consolation.
Odion Ighalo’s Al Hilal, the first Saudi side to reach the Club World Cup final, will face the winners of Realmadrid’s semifinal against Al Ahly on Wednesday in Rabat.