Al Duhail beat Al Shamal 3-2 in Round 5 at the Qatar University 4 Stadium on Saturday to top Group B of the 2022-2023 season Ooredoo Cup.
The win, Al Duhail’s fourth besides a draw, saw them finish their group stage with 13 points. The Red Knights qualified for the semifinals along with second-placed Al Arabi (10 points).
Suhaib Gannan (15th minute), Michael Olunga (18th minute) and Yousef Ayman (75th minute) fetched the goals for Al Duhail, while Abdulrahman Rashid (53rd minute) and Amjad Atwan (58th minute) did so for Al Shamal.
Al Duhail will meet Al Sadd, who finished second in Group A, while Al Arabi face Group A winners Umm Salal in the semifinals, as per the tournament rules.
With nothing at stake, Al Shamal rallied to challenge Al Duhail after being down 0-2 at half-time.
Suhaib opened the scoring for Al Duhail and soon their Kenyan star Olunga underlined his sterling form by getting into the scoring act.
Al Shamal battled to level scores in the second half, with Abdulrahman Rashid and Atwan producing goals.
The match saw exciting moments before Ayman got the third and winning goal for Al Duhail.