Doha: Michael Olunga was the hero with both goals but the Kenyan striker paid tribute to his teammates after Al Duhail SC defeated Al Shabab FC 2-1 to advance to the AFC Champions League™ semi-finals for the first time on Thursday.
After a tight first half which saw both teams exchanging blows, Olunga scored in the 77th and 85th minutes to all but secure Qatar’s Al Duhail their place in the semi-final, with Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab netting a consolation through Saeed Al Rubaei in added time.
Olunga, the 2021 AFC Champions League topscorer, was deservingly named Player-of-the-Match but the striker said it was team effort which took Al Duhail through.
Rajabi applauds Foolad players for fighting till the end
Al Wakrah: Foolad Khouzestan FC were able to neutralise Al Hilal SFC’s change in tactics but head coach Hamidreza Rajabi admitted that his side were eventually overpowered by the defending AFC Champions League™ holders in their quarter-final tie on Thursday.
After a first half which saw Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad come close three times, defending champions Al Hilal took control of the second period with Moussa Marega striking three minutes from the end to take the Saudi Pro League side into yet another continental semi-final.
Doha: Vicente Moreno was left to rue his team’s squandered opportunities as Al Shabab FC exited the AFC Champions League™ 2022 on Thursday.
The Saudi Arabia side had several chances, especially in the first half, but their failure to convert cost them dearly as Qatar’s Al Duhail SC registered a 2-1 win to advance to the AFC Champions League semi-finals for the first time.
Al Wakrah: Defending champions Al Hilal SFC left it late to defeat Foolad Khouzestan 1-0 on Sunday thanks to Moussa Marega’s 87th minute strike, to qualify to the AFC Champions League™ 2022 West semi-final.
The last obstacle on Al Hilal’s march towards a fifth continental final in the last nine years will be Qatar’s Al Duhail SC, who advanced to the semi-final after defeating Al Shabab FC 2-1 earlier on Thursday.
Doha: Michael Olunga’s second-half double sent Qatar’s Al Duhail into the AFC Champions League™ semi-finals for the first time in their history after they defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab 2-1 in the first game of the 2022 quarter-finals at Al Thumama Stadium on Thursday.
Al Duhail are now within one match of meeting Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, who sealed their place in the final from the East zone last August.
Newcastle: Striker Caitlin Foord got on the scoresheet as Australia beat Jamaica 3-0 on Wednesday to stretch their win streak to seven in an ideal build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 on home soil this year.
The victory at Newcastle, north of Sydney, ensured they won the four-team Cup of Nations - a dress rehearsal for the showpiece tournament in Australia and New Zealand in July-August.
Sam Kerr's side - who face Ireland, Nigeria and Canada in World Cup Group B - also beat Spain 3-2 and the Czech Republic 4-0.