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Al Hilal crowned Saudi Pro League champions after Al Hazm hammering

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 May 2024

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Al Hilal secured their fourth straight Saudi Pro League title after Aleksandar Mitrovic starred in Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of bottom side Al Hazm.

Faiz Selemani restored parity after Mitrovic’s 15th-minute opener at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, only for Jorge Jesus’ hosts to roar back and be crowned champions with three games remaining.

Ahmed Al Juwaid’s own goal handed the initiative back to the dominant Al Hilal, who led 4-1 at the break after Mitrovic added another to his tally and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was on target.

The second of Mitrovic’s strikes took him to a team-leading 26 league goals this term as Al Hilal breezed to another title, moving an unassailable 12 points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr.

Jesus’ side are unbeaten through all 31 games this season after securing their record-extending 19th top-flight crown in history, while Al Hazm need to win their last three matches to have any chance of staying up.

Al Hazm’s relegation rivals Al Tai boosted their chances of survival in Saturday’s earlier clash after a 1-1 draw away against Al Raed.

Al Tai are just a point away from 15th-placed Abha Club in their bid for top-flight safety after Ibrahim Al Nakhli’s strike was cancelled out by Al Raed’s Mohammed Fouzair in the second half.

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