Al-Sadd reached the quarterfinals of the 2022 Amir Cup after a 1-0 victory over Muaither, in the Round of 16 clash which was played at Grand Hamad Stadium on Sunday.
Yousuf Abdurisag scored the lone goal of the game in the 14th minute. Al-Sadd will now meet the winner of the game between Al-Ahli and Al-Markhiya in the quarterfinal stage.
The match began with Al-Sadd going on the attack, and the team created a few chances early on. In the fifth minute, Rodrigo Tabata came very close to scoring with a powerful strike that went out off the post.
The deadlock was broken in the 14th minute, when Yousuf found the target from close range after the Muaither keeper kept out Akram Afif’s initial shot.
After the goal, a period of calm ensued with Al-Sadd dominating possession but unable to carve out concrete opportunities, and the first half went on to end with the score intact.
In the second half, Al-Sadd tried to extend the lead, and Tabata sent a fierce shot at goal but Muaither custodian Moaied Shanan kept it out for a corner. Al-Sadd coach Javi Gracia then brought on Baghdad Bounedjah and Ali Asad to freshen up the attack.
Boualem Khoukhi threatened the Muaither goal in the 80th minute, with a powerful shot from outside the box, only to see the keeper save it. Despite continued pressure, Al-Sadd could not add another goal, and the game finished with the 1-0 scoreline that saw the team through to the quarterfinals.
Al-Sadd x Al-Muaither (Amir Cup 2022 – Round of 16)
Grand Hamad Stadium
Al-Sadd: Saad Al-Dosari, Musaab Khidir, Abdelkarim Hassan, Khoukhi Boualem, Jung Woo-young, Hassan Al-Haydos, Andre Ayew (Baghdad Bounedjah), Rodrigo Tabata (Ali Asad), Akram Afif, Santi Cazorla, Yousuf Abdurisag
Muaither: Moaied Shanan, Eslam Yassein, Nabil El Zhar, Ayoub Ouadrassi, Saif Al-Mohannadi, Melham Babouli, Waleed Saleh, Rashid Sumaila, Nadir Belhadj, Mohammed Omer, Rafael Ramazotti
Al-Sadd won 1-0
Yousuf Abdurisag 14’
Mohammed Omar 49′
Mohammed Al-Sherif (main referee)
Ramzan Al-Nuaimi (Assistant 1)
Mohammed Abdullah (Assistant 2)
Ibrahim Abdulaziz (fourth official)