Qatar, Jordan Clash in WAFF Final
DOHA: Qatar entered the final of the West Asian Football Federation Championship.
In the semifinal played at the Lekhwiya Stadium on Saturday, Djamel Belmadi’s side beat Gulf rivals Kuwait 3-0.
Khoukhi scored in the 94th and 112nd minutes after an unproductive regulation time in the first semi-final. The Algerian-born player created the difference with a spectacular show to help the hosts enter the final of the championship for the first time.
The 23-year-old midfielder scored the first goal with a brilliant corner kick which went through the hands of in-air goal-keeper Abdul Rahman, while his second came when he deflected a cross pass from Ismail into the right corner of the net.
The third goal was scored by striker Ali Asadalla Thaimn in the 120th minute of the game.
Khoukhi, who scored twice in the last group match against Saudi Arabia, was in his elements from the word go but failed to find the target despite three attempts at the goalmouth.
Kuwait won the championship in 2010 defeating Iran 2-1 in Amman.
The hosts, the first time finalist, will take onJordan, who beat Bahrain 1-0 in the other semi-final, in the final on January 7 at the Al Sadd Stadium.
Qatar’s best finish in the championship is the fourth place in 2008 edition of the championship held In Tehran.