As he led his Saudi Arabia Al Hilal to victory in the Lusail Super Cup in Qatar on Friday night, Odion Ighalo demonstrated that he is still not ready to put up his boots. Al Hilal, the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) champions, beat Zamalek, the league champions of Egypt, 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win the title. 1-1 tie after regular time.
Ighalo gave Al Hilal the lead in the 18th minute with a lob over advancing Mohamed Awad after he snuck in to pick an aerial pass from Gustavo Cuellar while playing in front of a nearly full 77, 575 spectators inside the magnificent Lusail Stadium, which will host the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Despite the bulk of Zamalek supporters continued to chant, dance, and drum in the stadium, that goal electrified it.
Abdullah Al Muaiouf, the goalie for Al Hilal, was the game’s hero despite the fact that the Egyptian team tied the score to force the match into penalty kicks. After Ahmed Zizo’s first attempt in the shootouts hit the post, Mahmoud El Wensh’s attempt was stopped by Al Hilal.
With Andre Carrillo scoring the game-winning goal, all four Al Hilal players scored goals.
Before the start of the 2018 World Cup final, the game served as the $675 million stadium’s last significant test.
Lusail is the last stadium of the eight that will be used to host the world to be formally opened, 72 days before the tournament begins.
In addition to the final on December 18, it will host ten World Cup games.