Al Hilal achieved a noteworthy triumph in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as they outplayed Inter Miami CF, featuring Lionel Messi, in an exhilarating club friendly. The Saudi Pro League squad, comprised of former European professionals, seized an early advantage with goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Abdullah Al-Hamddan. Despite a response from Luis Suárez and a disallowed goal by Messi, Al Hilal extended their lead to 3-1 by halftime.
The second half witnessed a spirited comeback from Miami, orchestrated by David Ruiz. He played a pivotal role in drawing a penalty, expertly converted by Messi, and scored an impressive goal to even the score. In the 88th minute, Al Hilal secured the victory as Malcolm’s header, following a cross from Yasir Al Shahrani, found the back of the net.
This outcome left Miami winless in the preseason, with previous draws against El Salvador and a loss to FC Dallas. Messi, substituted off in the 87th minute, witnessed Al Hilal’s late-game turnaround. Notably, Al-Hilal had been linked with Messi when he was a free agent, but he ultimately joined Miami, guiding them to their inaugural trophy, the Leagues Cup.
As part of their preseason preparations, Miami is gearing up for additional challenges, including a match against Al Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo’s availability, however, remains uncertain due to a recent injury.