The match unfolded with fervor as the hosts quickly surged to a 2-0 lead. Aleksandar Mitrovic opened the scoring with a clinical finish, followed three minutes later by Abdullah Al-Hamddan, capitalizing on a defensive error by the visitors.
Inter Miami’s recent acquisition, Luis Suárez
, found the back of the net just before halftime, notching his inaugural goal for the club and narrowing the score to 2-1. Despite Lionel Messi having a goal disallowed for offside, Al Hilal’s Michael Delgado extended their lead to 3-1 with a well-executed header.
However, Miami displayed resilience as David Ruiz initiated a potential comeback by winning the penalty converted by Messi. The 19-year-old midfielder further impressed by adding his own goal to the tally, leveling the score at 3-3.
Although Al-Hilal’s Instagram post suggested otherwise, the match remained closely contested. It wasn’t until the 88th minute that the Saudi Arabian side secured the victory, with Malcolm heading in a powerful cross from Yasir Al Shahrani to seal the 4-3 win.