Afif strikes as Al Sadd beat Al Duhail to enter final

  • Date: 19-May-2024
  • Source: Gulf Times
  • Sector:Technology
  • Country:Qatar
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Afif strikes as Al Sadd beat Al Duhail to enter final

Al Sadd’s Akram Afif (third right) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Al Duhail in the Amir Cup semi-final at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Saturday. PICTURE: Noushad Thekkayil

Akram Afif’s 46th-minute strike proved decisive as Al Sadd edged out arch-rivals Al Duhail 1-0 to secure a place in the Amir Cup final. In Saturday’s semi-final at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Duhail dominated the first half but paid the price for Philippe Coutinho’s missed penalty.

Just seconds into the second half, star striker Afif scored the match’s only goal with a swift counterattack. Despite several attempts to equalise, Al Duhail could not capitalize on their chances, with the missed penalty looming large. Al Sadd maintained a disciplined and effective strategy, preserving their lead until the final whistle.

This victory marks Al Sadd’s 29th appearance in the Amir Cup final, underscoring their dominance in the competition, where they have won the title 18 times. Al Sadd will face the winner of today’s other semi-final between Al Gharafa and Qatar SC.

Striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who will leave Al Sadd at the end of the season after more than eight years with the club, reflected on his tenure: “I am very thankful to