Akram strikes as Al-Sadd see off Duhail to reach Amir Cup final

Al-Sadd secured their spot in the final of the 2024 Amir Cup after defeating Al-Duhail 1-0 in their semi-final clash held today, Saturday, at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Akram Afif scored the sole goal for Al-Sadd in the 46th minute.

The Wolves now await the winner of the other semi-final between Al-Gharafa and Qatar.

The match started with intensity from Al-Sadd, who managed to assert their dominance over the midfield and keep the Al-Duhail players away from the danger area. In the 13th minute, Akram came close to scoring the opening goal for Al-Sadd, but his shot went over the Al-Duhail crossbar.

In the 24th minute, Al-Sadd goalkeeper Meshal Barsham made a crucial save from Philippe Coutinho’s penalty, which was awarded by the match referee after Matheus Uribe’s foul on Michael Olunga.

Right after the halftime break, Akram managed to break the deadlock for Al-Sadd with an individual effort, dribbling past several defenders and finishing into the far left corner.

Al-Sadd were also denied a penalty midway through the second half, when Akram fell in the box following a challenge.

Wesam Rizk’s only substitution of the game saw Pedro Miguel replace Abdullah Al-Yazidi in the 82nd minute.

Al-Duhail attempted to come back into the game, but Al-Sadd held on to secure victory, to progress to the Amir Cup final for the 29th time.