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Amir Cup: Al-Sadd win 19th title after victory over Qatar SC

Al Sadd defeated Qatar SC 1-0 to secure a historic victory in the final of the 2024 Amir Cup, which was played at the Education City Stadium on Friday.

With only a few moments keeping the teams away from a penalty shootout, Mateus Uribe scored the winner in the 118th minute, after normal time had ended in a goalless stalemate.

His Highness the Amir presented the trophy to Al-Sadd captain Hassan Al-Haydos, and the club’s all-time top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah, who was playing in his final game for the club. This win marks Al Sadd’s 19th Amir Cup title, solidifying their position as the most successful team in the tournament’s history.

The match saw Al Sadd, led by coach Wesam Rizk, enter as favourites, having already won a record-extending 17th league title. Meanwhile, Qatar SC, coached by Yousef Al Noubi, aimed to end their 15-year title drought after defeating Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa en route to the final.

Al-Sadd dominated the game and had more opportunities, but Qatar SC kept up a robust defence to deny their opponents. The pressure intensified in the second half, with Al-Sadd hitting the woodwork thrice.

At that time, luck did not seem to be on Al-Sadd’s side and their night seemed to get worse in extra time, when star man Akram Afif was shown a red card for a challenge on Bruno Tabata, following a VAR review.

Despite being reduced to ten men, Wesam Rizk’s side kept their cool and they were rewarded when Uribe slammed in the winning goal, sparking huge celebrations from the Al-Sadd bench, and the black-and-white half of the stadium.

Qatar SC had given their all and fell short at the end, as Al-Sadd secured the title, giving them a league-and-cup double for the season.

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