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Al Ansar end long wait for Lebanese Premier League title


Beirut: Al Ansar ended a 14-year wait as they won this year’s Lebanese Premier League title by defeating city rivals Nejmeh SC 2-1 in the final round of the league on Saturday.

The triumph is Al Ansar’s 14th league title, having last won it in the 2006-2007 season.

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The 2021 AFC Cup hopefuls, who needed a point from the match to secure the title, found themselves behind after only three minutes as Nejmeh took the lead through Hussein Awada.

Al Ansar dominated the remaining minutes and their pressure paid off as they leveled the tie in the 42nd minute through Ahmed Hijazi’s powerful shot from inside the area.

Nejmeh had the upper hand in the second half as they went in search of the win which would give them the title but Al Ansar sealed the match and title through Anas Abou Saleh’s 76th minute winner.

Al Ansar will compete in Group B of the 2021 AFC Cup, where they will have Al Salt of Jordan, Palestine's Balata Center and Muharraq Club of Bahrain for company.

Photo: Lebanese Football Association

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