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Al Duhail lift Qatar Amir Cup

Friday, May 17, 2019
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Al Wakrah: Al Duhail fought back from a goal down to defeat Al Sadd 4-1 in the final of the Qatar Amir Cup at the newly-built Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.

Brazilian winger Edmilson was Al Duhail's star, scoring a brace and assisting another as Duhail denied Al Sadd the chance to add the Amir Cup to the 2018-19 Qatar Stars League title they had already won.

Defeat meant a losing end for Spanish legend Xavi, who was playing his final match for Al Sadd.

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The final, however, had started brightly for Al Sadd as Akram Afif gave them the lead just six minutes into the match.

Despite the setback, Al Duhail kept pushing and drew level through Ali Afif in the 16th minute, only to then see Almoez Ali sent off for a rash challenge on Baghdad Bounedjah.

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The start of the second half saw Al Sadd reduced to 10 men when Tarek Salman was red-carded for a late tackle on Edmilson and following that, the momentum swung Al Duhail's way.

A quick exchange of passes with Yuself El Arabi saw Edmilson scoring from close range in the 58th minute and the Brazilian then sent a cross which El Arabi chested into goal four minutes later.

Edmilson completed a perfect night for Al Duhail with the fourth in the 81st minute and it got worse for Al Sadd as Bounedjah and Hamed Ismael were sent off for off the ball incidents.

Both teams will be in action in the 2019 AFC Champions League next week with Al Sadd facing Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis in their final Group D match,having already sealed their place in the knockout stage.

Al Duhail, who have also confirmed knockout stage qualification, play Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal.

Photos: AFP

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