Defending champion Al Sadd defeated Muaither 1-0 at the Grand Hamad Stadium on Sunday to advance to the Amir Cup quarter-finals.
Youssef Abdul Razzaq scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute. Al Sadd will face the winner of the match between Al Ari and Al Marquia in the quarterfinals.
Al Sadd continued to attack from the word “go” and they were able to create some opportunities early on. In the 5th minute Rodrigo Tabata hit a strong strike and was very close to scoring.
The deadlock was broken in the 14th minute when Muaither’s keeper blocked Akram Afif’s first shot and then Youssef found the target at close range. After the goal, Al Sadd was dominant, but he couldn’t open up a concrete chance and regained his composure, scoring the goal unharmed in the first half.
In the second half, Al Sadd tried to widen the lead and Tabata fired a strong shot, but Muaither custodian Muaither Shannan aimed at the corner. Al Sadd coach Javi Gracia then invited Baghdad Buneger and Allie Asada to renew the attack.
Boualem Khoukhi threatened Muaither’s goal in the 80th minute and fired a powerful shot from outside the box, but only saw the keeper save it. Despite continued pressure, Al Sadd was unable to add another goal, the game ended with a 1-0 scoreline and the team advanced to the quarterfinals.
Javi Gracia emphasized the importance of his team defeating Muiza.
“Playing this kind of game is not easy for the team. The goal is to stay in the tournament and we have achieved that,” Gracia said. “I was looking forward to the Amir Cup because I want to advance to the final.
It wasn’t easy for us because we play a lot of games every 3-4 days. It was good to know that it wasn’t the best performance for us and get the results. “
Captain Hassan Al-Haydes was pleased with the performance of his team, but said the team had to correct the mistake. “Our performance wasn’t very good, especially for fans, but the most important thing in such a match is to win and qualify for the next stage of the tournament,” Alhides said after the victory. .. “We’ve wasted a lot of scoring chances that have been repeated twice in a row after the last match in the league, so we have plenty of time to fix our mistakes,” said Al Sadd’s captain.
Al Sadd meets the winner of today’s last 16 clashes between Al Ari and Al Marquia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.
Qatar SC also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Al Shamal 2-1.
Bashar Rasan fired the Qatar SC winner in the 68th minute after Al-Shamal’s Mohammed El Said (40th minute) canceled Djamel Benlamri’s 25th minute goal.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/709832/Defending-champs-Sadd-enter-quarters Defense Champion Sad enters the quarter