Ighalo fires Ghana warning with hat-trick

Nigeria international Odion Ighalo fired a first half hat-trick for Al-Hilal in their 4-2 win over 10th placed Al-Ahly Saudi in a Saudi Professional League encounter on Friday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The treble took his tally to seven goals in six games for Al-Hilal since he arrived in January on a loan deal from Al-Shabab.

Ighalo fires Ghana warning with hat-trick
Nigeria international Odion Ighalo fired a first half hat-trick for Al-Hilal in their 4-2 win over 10th placed Al-Ahly Saudi in a Saudi Professional League encounter on Friday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The treble took his tally to seven goals in six games for Al-Hilal since he arrived in January on a loan deal from Al-Shabab. He has scored 19 times in 24 league games this season. The win takes Al-Hilal to second on the league table and piles pressure on leaders, Al-Ittihad. Ighalo opened the scoring in the 11th minute after he raced onto a miscued defence clearance in the centre half and skipping past onrushing defenders before slotting in his strike past the goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty box. The second goal came in the 34th minute after the striker fired in a cut back pass from his teammate. He completed his first hat-trick for Al-Hilal in the 45th minute after latching on to a perfect pass from a counter attack before beating the goalkeeper from close range. His impressive form will also serve as an asset for the Super Eagles as they prepare to face Ghana in a doubleheader Qatar 2022 World play-offs on March 25 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and March 29 in Abuja.