Qatar midfielder Ismail Mohamad (left) vies for the ball with Kuwait defender Mohammad Al Faresi during their 8th WAFF Championship match at Lekhwiya Club Stadium yesterday. Qatar won 3-0 and will clash with Jordan in the final on January 7. Photo by VP Kammutty
Doha: Hosts Qatar and Jordan won their respective semi-final matches of the 8th West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) Championship to set up a title clash on January 7.
Yesterday at Lekhwiya Stadium, Qatar helped by two extra-time goals from Boualem Khoukhi’s trounced former champions Kuwait 3-0.
Khoukhi scored in the 94th and 112nd minute after the 90-minute of normal play failed to produce any goal.
The third goal was scored by striker Ali Asadalla Thaimn in the 120th minute of the game.
“It was a good game. I am very happy to win the game as we were playing against a team which is difficult to beat as they play a deep game and gave less space to their rivals,” said Qatar coach Djamel Belmadi.
Commenting over the extra-time goals, he said, “We knew we will have our chances in the later part of the game…. Tough it came bit late… in the extra-time… but a win is a win,” the Algerian-born coach said.
“It was really a tough game… In my opinion the final score is not giving a real picture of the match,” Kuwait coach Vieira Jorvan said.
In the other semi-final, Jordan defeated Bahrain 1-0 aided by an own goal in the 67th minute.