Al Duhail has been crowned champion of H.H. the Amir Football Cup in its 47th edition with a 4-1 victory over Al Sadd in the final match at Al Wakrah Stadium, which was inaugurated today.
Al Janoub Stadium is one of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums.
Al Duhail Succeeded to defend their title, which they won last season, to make their third title in most precious tournaments.
The match was preceded by the stadium inauguration ceremony, which included a narration of the history of Al Wakra coastal city.
Just like the ceremony, the match was very exciting, especially after Akram Afif scored a goal for Al Sadd in the sixth minute.
Al Duhail's Ali Afif responded to his brother Akram scoring the equalizing goal just 10 minutes later, putting the game back to the starting point.
In the 26th minute, Al Duhail suffered a strong blow, when striker Al Moez Ali was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. However, the team held tight until half-time.
In the second half of the match, Al Sadd's Tariq Salman received a red card, equaling the two teams with 10 players each, which was a major turning point for Al Duhail.
Then Al Duhail forced their side to score three goals by Brazilian Edmilson Junior (two goals) and Moroccan Youssef El Arabi in the 59th, 62nd and 81st minutes.
After Al-Duhail's goals, the morale of Al Sadd, the "QNB Stars League" champions, have collapsed and their Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah was sent off, leaving his team with nine players.
Al Sadd qualified for the final after beating Al Rayyan 2-0, while Al Duhail overtook their opponents Al Sailiya with 3-nill in the semi-final.
In HH the Amir Cup, Al Sadd are the most decorated team with 16 titles, followed by Al Arabi 8 titles; Al Gharafa 7 titles; Al Rayyan 6 titles; Al Ahli 4 titles; Al Duhail 3 titles; Qatar SC two titles and one title to Umm Salal. (QNA)
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