A summary of the exciting friendly match between Al Hilal vs Inter Miami featuring goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and more.
In a highly anticipated friendly match, Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal defeated Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami 4-3 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday. The match was part of the Riyadh Season Cup 2024, a tournament that features eight teams from different continents.
The game was a thrilling spectacle for the fans, who witnessed seven goals, including some stunning strikes from both sides. Al Hilal took an early lead through Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored in the 10th minute after a clever pass from Malcom. Three minutes later, Abdullah Al Hamddan doubled the advantage for the hosts with a powerful shot from outside the box.
Inter Miami, who boast some of the biggest names in world football, such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, struggled to cope with Al Hilal’s pace and intensity in the first half. However, they pulled one back in the 34th minute, when Suarez tapped in from close range after a cross from Messi. The goal was initially ruled out for offside but was awarded after a VAR review.
Al Hilal restored their two-goal cushion just before the break when Brazilian forward Michael headed in from a cross by Al Hamddan. The second half saw Inter Miami come back strongly, as Messi scored a brilliant solo goal in the 52nd minute, dribbling past three defenders and curling the ball into the top corner. The Argentine superstar then set up Suarez for the equalizer in the 68th minute, with a sublime through ball that split the Al Hilal defense.
The game seemed headed for a draw, but Al Hilal had the last word, as Malcom scored the winner in the 88th minute with a glancing header from a corner by Rúben Neves. The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among the Al Hilal players and fans, who had witnessed a historic victory over one of the most expensive and star-studded teams in the world.
The Al Hilal vs Inter Miami match was a great advertisement for the Riyadh Season Cup 2024, which aims to promote Saudi Arabia as a global destination for sports and entertainment. The tournament will continue until February 5, with other matches featuring teams such as Bayern Munich, Flamengo, Boca Juniors, and Al Ahly.