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Ighalo’s brace powers Al-Hilal to Saudi title

Odion Ighalo netted twice as Al-Hilal defeated Al -Faisaly 2-1 to win their 18th Saudi Professional Football League title on Monday night.

Ighalo, 32, opened scoring for the hosts at the King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh on seven minutes.

The former Manchester United striker turned and fired home from close range after a smart pull-back from Brazil’s Michael.

The second strike which came four minutes after the hour, was similar. Michael beat two defenders on the right and squared the ball to Ighalo who swept home.

Substitute Clayton offered the visitors a lifeline when he nodded home 20 minutes from time, but the hosts held on for the win.

Al-Hilal finish two points at the top of the table above rivals Al-Ittihad who were held to a 0-0 at home by Al-Batin.

Ramon Diaz’s side have now won the title for the third consecutive season, and Ighalo finished the season as top scorer with 23 goals.

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