Haydos double take Al Sadd to Emir Cup final
DOHA: Al Sadd cleared the final hurdle on their way to defend
the Emir Cup Crown with a commanding 3-2 win against the
reigning Qatar Stars League champs Al Rayyan in the first semi-final
played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Friday.
The winners proved to be the better side in almost every department
throughout the game and led the first semi-final 3-1 at one stage, before
a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time decided the final score
of 3-2 in favour of Al Sadd.
Al Rayyan’s captain and striker Rodrigo Tabata earned his team
the perfect start when he netted the first goal of the game just 11
minutes after the kick-off.
However Al Sadd made a stupendous comeback just seven minutes
later when their key striker Al Haydos successfully netted one to
square the score at one all.
Haydos put his side ahead of Al Rayyan when he added his second
goal in the 20thminute of the game.
In the 89thminute of the game, Baghdad Bounedjah made life harder
for Al Rayyan when he was placed in the perfect spot inside the penalty
box to pick up the ball and redirect it to the net, much to as Al Sadd
enjoyed a 3-1 lead.
Al Rayyan’s skipper Tabata was awarded a penalty in the fifth minute
of stoppage time and the star striker made no mistake as the ball flew
into the top right corner to make it 3-2, but his efforts were not enough
to block Al Sadd’s way towards the final of the prestigious Emir Cup
Al Sadd will take on Lekhwiya in the final on May 20.