Al-Hilal Al-Hilal First Football Team will return again to face its opponent, Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, in the final of the AFC Champions League during its current version, after the “defending champion” qualified by defeating Al-Duhail of Qatar in the semi-finals of the West region 7-0.
Al-Hilal had previously met its Japanese opponent in the final match of the AFC Champions League twice before, during the 2017 and 2019 editions, losing the first in 2017, before winning the championship in the final in 2019.
Al-Azra Al-Assim qualified for the final of the 2017 edition to face Urawa Red Diamonds in the two decisive rounds, at which time they tied in the first leg in Riyadh with a goal for each team, and Omar Kharbin scored for him, while the Japanese team won at home and among its fans, 1-0, to win the continental title.
Al-Hilal quickly took revenge on its opponent during 2019, after winning the first leg in the final against Urawa with the goal of Andrea Carrillo, before repeating the advantage in the second-leg meeting in Japan, to win with two goals scored by Salem Al-Dosari and the Frenchman Gomez, and crown the title from the heart of Saitama Stadium 2002.
It is noteworthy that Al-Hilal faced Urawa Red Diamonds in 4 previous matches, all of which were in the final of the AFC Champions League, to win two matches, in addition to receiving one loss and one draw, with the Japanese team winning the championship in 2017 and the Saudi team in 2019, so the next final will be a silverware. clash between them.
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