Doha, 11 April 2023 - Al Sailiya shook fans at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Monday as the dark horses eliminated defending champions Al Duhail 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw put both teams on hold in the Amir Cup.
Advancing to the semi-finals of the illustrious tournament, Al Sailiya’s Mehrdad Mohammadi opened the scoring with a penalty that fooled the guard of Al Duhail’s goalkeeper.
The Red Knights fought back with a goal of their own as Nam Tae-hee struck an equaliser minutes before halftime.
Tied 1-1, Carlos Strandberg’s sent in a header in the 69th minute taking Al Sailiya ahead again before Al Duhail equalised another goal in stoppage.
Despite Mohammed Muntari nailing in a rescued effort, Al Duhail’s defence was absent when it mattered most at the penalty spot.
In a shocking defeat in Qatari football, the dream team of Hernan Crespo that captured the country’s attention will not be carrying on to their second title triumph.