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Al-Hilal secures 19th Saudi Arabian Championship title led by Bounou and Koulibaly

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Al-Hilal clinched their 19th Saudi Arabian championship title, marking a momentous achievement in the club’s history. The victory, confirmed this Saturday, underscores the team’s dominance in the league, especially amidst a backdrop of significant influx of talent into the kingdom in recent months.

With Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and Senegalese central defender Kalidou Koulibaly anchoring the team, Al-Hilal showcased their prowess against Al-Hazm, emerging victorious with a commanding 4-1 win.

Despite Comorian international Faïz Selemani’s equalizer in the 34th minute, Al-Hilal’s resilience shone through with a double from the prolific Mitrovic (15th, 45th+3), an own goal from Al-Jowayed (39th), and a goal from Milinković-Savić (45th+6), securing a convincing victory under the guidance of manager Jorge Jesus.

With an impressive 12-point lead over their closest competitor, Al-Nassr, and just three matches remaining, Al-Hilal has mathematically sealed the championship title even before their anticipated derby against the formidable team featuring stars Sadio Mané and Cristiano Ronaldo scheduled for next Friday.

The contributions of Bounou, who boasted 15 clean sheets in 29 matches with only 18 goals conceded, and Koulibaly, a stalwart with 27 appearances and two goals, have been instrumental in the team’s journey to the top.

Despite the challenges posed by the absence of Neymar for a significant portion of the season, Al-Hilal’s resilience and collective effort have propelled them to glory, exemplifying their dominance and stature in Saudi Arabian football. As celebrations ensue, the club and its supporters relish in the achievement of yet another remarkable milestone in their storied history.

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