Al-Sadd defeat Al-Arabi 3-1 to reach Qatar Cup final

Al-Sadd reached the 2023 Qatar Cup final after defeating Al-Arabi 3-1 in the semifinal which was played at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday.

The match saw three red cards – two for Al-Arabi (Ahmed Suhail and Marc Muniesa) and one for Al-Sadd (Tarek Salman).

Baghdad Bounedjah scored the opening goal for the Wolves in the 41st minute, finding his way in between several defenders before managing a shot that went in past Mahmoud Abunada.

Just before halftime, Jung Woo-young made it 2-0 to Al-Sadd, with a header off Santi Cazorla’s delivery from a free-kick.

In the second half, Al-Sadd was able to add a third goal, when substitute Musaab Khidir completed a 40-pass move starting from the goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham, in the 79th minute.

Al-Arabi pulled a goal back in the 86th minute when Khoukhi Boualem accidentally put the ball in his own net.


Al-Sadd x Al-Arabi (2023 Qatar Cup)


Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium


Al-Sadd: Meshaal Barsham, Khoukhi Boualem, Pedro Miguel (Bahaa Al-Laithi), Jung Woo-young, Bahaa Al-Laithi, Guilherme (Ahmed Sayyar), Rodrigo Tabata (Ali Asad), Santi Cazorla, Hassan Al-Haydos (Musaab Khidir), Akram Afif, Baghdad Bounedjah (Ahmed Al-Saeed)

Al-Arabi: Mahmoud Abunada, Muniesa, Hamid Ismail, Yousuf Muftah, Ahmed Suhail, Rafinha, Abdullah Marafee, Ahmed Fathy, Hilal Mohammed, Youssef Msakni, Omar Al Somah


Al-Sadd won 3-1


Jung Woo-young 41′
Baghdad Bounedjah 45+1′
Mussab Khidir 79′
Khoukhi Boualem 86′ (O.G.)


Pedro Miguel 35′
Ahmed Fathy 38′
Ahmed Suhail 40′ (red card)
Tarek Salman 55′ (red card)
Marc Muniesa 62′ (red card)
Bahaa Al-Laithi 88′


Abdulhadi Al-Ruwaili (Main Referee)
Taleb Salem (First Assistant)
Majed Al-Shammari (Second Assistant)
Nasser Ayesh (Fourth Official)