Flamengo come from behind to deny Al Hilal in Club World Cup semi

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The Brazilians will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal in Doha, when Liverpool face Mexican club Monterrey. (Reuters)
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Flamengo’s Bruno Henrique, left, scores a goal during the Club World Cup semifinal soccer match between Flamengo and Al Hilal at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo)
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The Brazilians will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal in Doha, when Liverpool face Mexican club Monterrey. (Reuters)
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The Brazilians will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal in Doha, when Liverpool face Mexican club Monterrey. (Reuters)
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Updated 18 December 2019

Flamengo come from behind to deny Al Hilal in Club World Cup semi

  • Salem Aldawsari gave the Saudi club a deserved lead in the first half of the semifinal on a rare rainy night at the Khalifa International Stadium
  • The Brazilians struck back with three goals and will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal in Doha, when Liverpool face Mexican club Monterrey

DOHA: Bruno Henrique scored one goal and made two more to book Flamengo’s place in the final of the Club World Cup as the Brazilian giants came from behind to beat Asian champions Al Hilal 3-1 in Doha on Tuesday.
Salem Aldawsari gave the Saudi club a deserved lead in the first half of this semifinal on a rare rainy night at the Khalifa International Stadium, but Flamengo woke up after the interval and equalized through Giorgian De Arrascaeta in the 49th minute.
Bruno Henrique then headed home after 78 minutes and the Rio club made sure of their win when the same player’s low cross was turned into his own net by unfortunate defender Ali Albulayhi with eight minutes to play.
The Brazilians will play the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal in Doha, when Liverpool face Mexican club Monterrey.
Fresh from winning the Copa Libertadores and the Brazilian title in the last month, Flamengo are now hoping to win this trophy for the first time.
However, they did win the old Intercontinental Cup in 1981, a side captained by Zico defeating Liverpool 3-0 in Tokyo. A rematch between the clubs now looks to be on the cards, unless Monterrey can pull off a major shock.
However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp — who was expected to attend this game before watching his own club’s second string play a League Cup tie against Aston Villa on television — will have identified weaknesses his side might be able to exploit in a potential final.
Indeed, it looked halfway through this game that there might be another shock, with Flamengo in danger of losing in the semifinals, just as River Plate had done last year in going out to Emirati side Al-Ain at the same stage.
Al Hilal won the Asian Champions League last month and boast the likes of ex-France striker Bafetimbi Gomis and diminutive Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco in their ranks.
They were the better team in the first half and deserved the lead given to them in the 18th minute when Salem met a low ball in from the right with a first-time strike that was deflected off defender Pablo Mari and into the net.
Flamengo’s Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus — formerly in charge of Benfica — managed to rouse his side at the interval, though, and they needed just four minutes to haul themselves level when a lovely move ended with Bruno Henrique squaring for the Uruguayan De Arrascaeta to score.
Bruno Henrique, who is a Brazilian international forward, then ended any possibility of the game going to extra time when he met Rafinha’s cross with a thumping header to make it 2-1 before forcing the own goal that made sure of the victory to the delight of the several thousand traveling Brazilian supporters.


LIVE: Saudi Cup - historic day of racing gets underway in Riyadh

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LIVE: Saudi Cup - historic day of racing gets underway in Riyadh

  • Follow all the day's action with Arab News

RIYADH: The day is finally here, the long-awaited Saudi Cup day of top-class racing gets underway at the King Abdul Aziz Racetrack on Saturday in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

The day consists of eight races with a total purse of $29.2 million.

Prize money for the main event and final race of the day, the Saudi Cup, will be a record-breaking $20 million, with the winner taking home $10 million and the rest of the field sharing the rest.

Follow Arab News' coverage below...(all times GMT)

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13:05 - RESULT - Port Lions wins the Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Cup, the first ever turf race run in Saudi Arabia, ridden by A De Vries in the first race of the day - bit of a shock there, as Deirdre was the heavily-fancied horse before the off!

12:30 - We're 30 minutes away from the off in the first race of the day - here's a look at the Grandstand and the hospitality enclosure at Riyadh's King Abdul Aziz Racetrack. And some of the high fashion stakes on show as well...

11:50 - Fans treated to one of the many displays of Saudi culture that will be on show throughout the day...

11:30 - More happy Arab News readers with their copies of the special Saudi Cup souvenir edition of the newspaper...(AN Photos/Huda Bashatah)

11:10 - A fantastic video from the Saudi Cup official Twitter page shows jockey Yutake Take on board his mount in one of the Jockeys Challenge races on Friday!

10:45 - Here's your race card for today's racing (including the breaks for prayer) - the action starts at 4:00pm KSA time (1:00pm GMT) and the big one is scheduled to start at 8:40pm local time (5:40pm GMT)...

10:30 - As we wait for the fans to file in ahead of the first race of the day at 4:00pm Saudi time, check out a gallery by Arab News' Basheer Alzain Saleh and Huda Bashatah of yesterday's Kingdom Day...

GALLERY: Kingdom Day meeting, Saudi Cup in Riyadh

09:50 - Yesterday saw a host of male and female jockeys get a feel for the tracks at King Abdul Aziz Racetrack in the Jockeys Challenge races (read a report here) - but it was also a chance for the fans to get a feel for all the activities available away from the racing for the whole family at the track...(AN Photos/Huda Bashatah)

09:30 - We've got the latest turf track update - and the official Saudi Cup feed are saying today's going is Good to Firm on that immaculate-looking stretch of grass. It's an exciting day for Saudi racing fans as some fantastic horses will be running on the turf and dirt tracks today...

09:15 - Don't forget, you can read Arab News' coverage of the formation of the event and the build-up to today's historic race - as well as an account of yesterday's action on Kingdom Day - in our dedicated spotlight here...

09:00 - The gates have opened and we're officially kicking off the day's coverage!