August 9 – It is more common to see European clubs heading to the Middle East to train and play friendly matches than to see Middle Eastern club come to Europe to play competition. But that is what happened in West London last night when Fulham’s raven Cottage hosted the Saudi Super Cup.
16,000 fans flocked to the Cottage to see double winning Saudi Pro League and King’s Cup champions Al Ahli, play the winner of the Crown Prince Cup, Al Hilal.
This is the fourth edition of the Saudi Super Cup and the second time it has been played in London. Last year it was held at QPR’s Loftus Road.
Saudi Pro League champions Al Ahli added the Super Cup silverware to their ever-expanding collection for the first time with a 4-3 penalty shootout win after the match ended as 1-1 draw after extra time.
Syrian striker Omar Al Somah scored Al Ahli’s equaliser on 69 minutes after Al Hilal had taken the lead through Mohammed Al Breik from a 20-yard free kick.
Penalty heroes for Al Ahli were Saudi international goalkeeper Yasser Al Mosailem who made consecutive saves before Al Somah stepped up score the decisive winner.
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