Al-Hilal celebrated their victory in the Saudi Super Cup after defeating Al Nasr 1-0 at Loftus Road stadium in London on Wednesday.
It was a pre-season football competition ahead of the upcoming 2015/16 Saudi Pro League campaign, which is contested by the winners of Pro League and King’s Cup in the previous season.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, but later the fixture was moved to London to showcase the football culture of Saudi Arabia.
New-signing Carlos Eduardo became hero for the Blue Wave after the 25-year-old Brazilian met Yasir Al Shahrani’s low cross to tap home from close range to seal victory for last season’s Kings Cup winners.
“We chose London because of the amount of expatriates living here and also the amount of tourists,” the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF), Mohammed Ahmed told The Guardian, regarding the first ever Super Cup’s overseas game in history.
“We wanted to show off the best of Saudi Arabia,” he added. “We are passionate about football, it is our national sport and we wanted to spread the word.”