King’s Cup Final Ends in Chaotic Showdown: Al-Hilal Prevails Over Al-Nassr in Penalty Shootout

Al-Hilal, despite being down to nine players, emerged victorious in a penalty shootout to secure the King’s Cup along with their victories in the Saudi Pro League and Saudi Super Cup last Friday.

Al-Nassr faced defeat in a tense King’s Cup final, with three players receiving red cards against Al-Hilal, who claimed a treble with a 5-4 win in the penalty shootout.

The opening goal was scored by former Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, heading in at the back post within seven minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo was then denied a goal by Yassine Bounou.

Al-Nassr seemed to be struggling when David Ospina was red-carded for a reckless tackle on Malcom outside the penalty area. Later, Ali Al Bulayhi also received his second yellow card, leaving both teams with 10 players.

Aiman Yahya managed to equalize in stoppage time after which Al-Hilal’s Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off. Extra time didn’t see any goals, and the match was decided by a penalty shootout, where Bounou played hero for Al-Hilal.

With domestic victories in the Saudi Super Cup, Saudi Pro League, and now the King’s Cup, Al-Hilal completed a perfect season, remaining undefeated in the league. This marked their 11th King’s Cup win, second only to Al-Ahli’s 13 victories.

As for Al-Nassr, they have gone four seasons without a domestic trophy, with the Arab Club Champions Cup being their only success in the 2023-24 season.

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