Xavi’s Al Sadd win Emir Cup
DOHA: A dramatic last minute winner gave Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez, victory in the Emir Cup final on Friday, Qatar’s biggest domestic cup competition.
The match was played in the newly refurbished Khalifa International Stadium, the first 2022 World Cup venue to be completed. Am ong those watching on in the 40,000seater air-conditioned stadium was Fifa president Gianni Infantino.
Xavi provided the assist for Jugurtha Hamroun to fire home the winner in injury time, to cap a 2-1 victory for Al Sadd against rivals Al Rayyan, coached by another former Barcelona great, Michael Laudrup.
Al Rayyan had taken the lead early in the second half when skipper Rodrigo Tabata scored in the 49th minute.
But just seven minutes later, Al Sadd’s Hassan Al-Haydous scored from the spot to equalise and set up the thrilling finale. AFP