Al Sadd beat Qatar SC on penalties to reach Ooredoo Cup semifinals


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Al Sadd defeated Qatar SC in tie-breaker and stormed into the semifinals of 2019-20 Ooredoo Cup at the Qatar SC Stadium on Saturday.

The tie-breaker was enforced after the teams were level 1-1 at the end of regular time. Hamed Ismail (62nd minute) and Kayke Rodriguez (79th-minute penalty) scored for Al Sadd and Qatar SC respectively.

The change in tournament format this season stipulated that if a match ends in a tie, penalty shoot-out would be straightaway enforced to determine the result.

Al Sadd will play Al Ahli in the semifinal.

Possession was even in the first half even though Qatar SC forced four corner kicks as against one by Al Sadd, who benched many of their first-team players.

Qatar SC’s Kayke and Al Sadd’s new recruit Marco Fabian shot over as both teams failed to make a breakthrough.

The game’s intensity increased in the second half and Al Sadd surged ahead in the 62nd minute through Hamed Ismail, who curled in a direct free-kick past Qatar SC goalkeeper Mohammed Ghanem.

Al Sadd’s Khalid Mubarak received his marching orders in the 77th minute for fouling Kayke and the latter himself converted the resultant penalty. Both decisions were taken by VAR.

In the tie-breaker, Abdelkarim Hassan, Hamed Ismail, Mohammed Waad Al Bayati, Ayoub Mashour and Rami Suhail found the target for Al Sadd.

For Qatar SC, Sardor Rashidov, Elmehdi Barrahma, Ahmed Moein and Kayke were on target, while Abdenasser Elkhayati’s shot was blocked by Al Sadd goalkeeper Meshaal Issa Barshim.

Qatar SC had progressed to the quarterfinals as runners-up from Group B, while QNB Stars League title holders Al Sadd reached the Ooredoo Cup quarterfinals after finishing third in Group A.