Er­bil FC ends AFC Cup run­ners up

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Goal­keeper Nawaf Al Khaldi was the hero for Al Qad­sia as they beat Er­bil 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out to win the AFC Cup on Satur­day.

In front of a sparse crowd at Dubai's Mak­toum Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Sta­dium, the two fi­nal­ists could not find a break­through in 120 min­utes.

Al Qad­sia, last sea­son's run­ners-up, ul­ti­mately pre­vailed on spot-kicks, en­sur­ing Asian foot­ball's sec­ondary club com­pe­ti­tion was claimed by a Kuwaiti side for the third suc­ces­sive sea­son.

With both sides hav­ing missed one penalty apiece, the turn­ing point in the shoot-out came when Al Khaldi kept out Er­bil de­fender Ali Faez Atiyah's at­tempt from 12 yards.

That miss kept Al Qad­sia 3-2 ahead and pro­vided at­tacker Dani­jel Subotic with the chance to seal glory for the reign­ing Kuwaiti Premier League cham­pi­ons.

The Croa­t­ian made no mis­take as he coolly slot­ted home to spark ju­bi­lant scenes among the Al Qa- dsia play­ers and con­demn their Iraqi op­po­nents to a heart-break­ing de­feat.

Er­bil, the Kur­dish foot­ball club, took on Kuwait's Qad­sia in the fi­nal of the AFC Cup. The match should've been played in Iraq but has been moved to Dubai due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Er­bil's jour­ney to the fi­nal has been im­pres­sive given the fact that they have been forced to play away from home due to the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq.

Play­ers from Kuwait's Qad­sia SC cel­e­brate after win­ning the 2014 AFC Cup

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