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Club World Cup: Fifa hails Ighalo despite Al Hilal's loss

Super Eagles star, Odion Ighalo was singled out for praise by FIFA's official website despite Al Hilal's loss to Chelsea in a FIFA Club World Cup semifinal clash at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The European champions booked their place in the showpiece thanks to Romelu Lukaku's close range effort just part the half-hour mark.

Had it not been for a couple of brilliant saves made by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa in the second half, the Saudi Arabian side could have taken the game to extra time or even won it.

In a 4-2-3-1 formation deployed by manager Leonardo Jardim, Ighalo led the line in what was his second appearance for his new employers.

Writing on the key moments of the game, Fifa's official website highlighted that the Al Hilal number 9 caused problems for the Blues defence with his physicality.

"Al Hilal’s trophy dream may be over at UAE 2021, but how they must be salivating over what Odion Ighalo may do in their hallowed blue shirt," Fifa wrote

"After a superb debut against Al Jazira, the Nigeria striker tormented Chelsea with his strength and ability to turn, producing two breathtaking flicks along the way."

Chelsea will contest the final of the Club World Cup against Palmeiras of Brazil on Saturday, February 12 while Ighalo and his teammates go into the third place playoff against Al Ahly of Egypt.

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