Al Duhail edge Al Sadd 1-0 to reach final
DOHA: Al Duhail on Friday beat Al Sadd 1-0 to reach the final of
the Emir Cup.
A brilliant goal by Almoez Ali against 10-man Al Sadd helped Al Duhail
to clinch their 1-0 win at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.
Ali scored the winner in the 68th minute when he beat Al Sadd goalkeeper
Saad Abdulla Al Dosari from close range.
The semi-final on Friday saw the Qatar Cup finalists confronting each
other in an aggressive manner through out the first half.
In the 28th minute, Al Sadd forward Hassan Al Haydos went down in
what appeared to be a foul play by Dami Traore. The referee opted to go
for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the appeal was denied.
Seconds before the half-time break, Al Sadd suffered a huge blow when
their key defender Abdelkerem Hassan was shown the red card by the referee
following a rough tackle on a rival player.
Just after Ali scored, Al Duhail almost doubled the lead when skipper Luiz
Martin Jr. struck from outside the box with a brilliant kick in the 70th minute,
only to see the ball bounce off the goal post.
Al Duhail will now eye their third domestic title after winning the QNB Stars
League and the Qatar Cup titles.
Al Duhail will play the winners of Saturday’s second semi-final between Al
Gharafa and Al Rayyan.