Nasser Al-Dawsari’s goal after just 16 seconds helped Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal clinch a record fourth Asian Champions League title with a 2-0 win over South Korea’s Pohang Steelers on Tuesday. Immediately after kick off, Al-Dawsari picked up a loose ball just inside the Pohang half and advanced to unleash a fierce shot from outside the area that flew into the top corner of the net in front of 50,000 home fans at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. The fastest goal in tournament history set the scene for a game the home side dominated. Moussa Marega doubled the lead in the second half. The previous fastest goal in an AFC Champions League final was scored by Saudi side Al Ittihad’s Sierra Leonean star Mohammed Kallon in the second minute against the UAE’s Al Ain in 2005. “We are the best team in Asia and we have worked hard to get here,” Al Hilal captain Salman Al-Faraj said. “It was a tough game against a good team. We have been together a long time and we are delighted to win the title again after winning it in 2019.” Pohang, who were also aiming to win the competition for the fourth time, have struggled domestically this season, should have levelled after 10 minutes. Midfielder Sin Jin-ho hit the bar with a shot from outside the area and goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf saved Lim Sang-hyub’s follow-up from the rebound. “It would have been a more interesting game had that gone in and not hit the bar,” said Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong, who was a player in 2009 when the Steelers last lifted the title. “We weren’t able to follow our game plan as we conceded so early but Al-Hilal has many good players and played a good game.” Al Hilal controlled most of the game, thanks in part to Brazilian playmaker Matheus Pereira, and got the second goal in the 63rd minute. Bafetimbi Gomis freed Marega in the area and the former FC Porto striker’s low shot beat goalkeeper Lee Jun. Pohang struggled to find a way through the Al Hilal backline and their best chance after the break came as Al-Mayouf missed a looping cross, but Jeon Min-gwang’s shot from close range was blocked. “When you concede a goal that early in the game, you are always going to be against it,” Alex Grant, Pohang’s Australian defender, said. “We knew coming into the game that it was going to be tough as they have great quality players. They were the better team.” Victory secured Al Hilal a place at the Club World Cup, which will be played early next year in the United Arab Emirates. The field for the seven-team Fifa tournament also includes Chelsea, Concacaf Champions League winners Monterrey, and African champions Al Ahly of Egypt. A Brazilian team will also be at the event with the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday being contested by Palmeiras and Flamengo.