Nakheel to take on Taleb in Work­ers’ Cup fi­nal

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Nakheel Land­scapes and Taleb Group will meet in the fi­nal of the 2019 Work­ers’ Cup. In the semi-fi­nals played at the Al Sadd Sports Club pitches on Fri­day, both sides won through penalty shoot-outs. Nakheel pre­vailed 3-2 (0-0 at the end of reg­u­lar time) over Gal­far Al Mis­nad and Taleb Group put it past Larsen & Toubro (L&T) 5-4 (1-1 in nor­mal time). The sev­enth edi­tion of Work­ers’ Cup, the an­nual foot­ball tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the Qatar Stars League and spon­sored by Supreme Com­mit­tee for De­liv­ery & Legacy for those in­volved in the con­struc­tion sec­tor in Qatar, had started on 7th De­cem­ber. The fi­nal is sched­uled for 25th Jan­uary.

Gal­far pro­duced a high-press­ing game, but the Nakheel de­fence stayed res­o­lute and main­tained a clean sheet. In the end, the match headed for the tie-breaker that saw both teams tied at 2-2 go­ing into Gal­far’s fifth and de­ci­sive kick, after two misses each. Nakheel goal­keeper Anas Yous­souf then did well to deny Gal­far’s Mud­ha­far Swaleh and send his side to yet an­other Work­ers’ Cup fi­nal. In the sec­ond semi-fi­nal, Taleb Group showed their com­po­sure to pre­vail over L&T. Prince Boakye con­verted a penalty to give L&T a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. The Taleb re­sponse was al­most im­me­di­ate, as Isaac Ameyaw fin­ished off a quick at­tack with an easy tap-in just one minute later to level the score.

In shoot-out, Taleb missed first, with Sa­muel Agyei sky­ing his ef­fort over the bar, but they re­gained com­po­sure to con­vert all their re­main­ing kicks while L&T went on to miss twice. The cru­cial miss came in the sixth kick when L&T vice­cap­tain Ab­du­laziz Su­laiman’s penalty went wide, spark­ing huge cel­e­bra­tions in the Taleb camp, as they booked a fi­nal date with Nakheel.

Ac­tion from the Work­ers’ Cup semi-fi­nal match played at the Al Sadd Sports Club pitches on Fri­day.

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