Salem Al Naimi, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Relations at Qatar National Bank Group handing over the winner’s cup to Qatar SC at Al Ahli Stadium in Doha yesterday. Deputy CEO of Qatar Stars League, Hani Ballan was also present at the award ceremony. Picture: Kammutty VP
DOHA: Qatar Sports Club edged Qatar Stars League defending champions Al Sadd in a five-goal thriller to win the QNB Qatar Stars Cup here yesterday.
In a closely contested final at the Al Arabi Stadium, Sebastiao Lazaroni’s men defeated Al Sadd 3-2 to clinch their first trophy in five years.
Brazilian striker Adriano netted twice (34th and 59th) for Qatar SC after Jin Ho-Sin put them ahead in the 16th.
Yousef Ahmed (20th) and Saleh Badr (21st) had struck in quick succession to give Al Sadd the lead and hope, but that did not last long.
The teams taking part in the round-robin tournament were split into three groups.
Only one team qualified from each group except for Group C where two teams went through due to having one less Club in their group.
Out of the three groups, it was widely considered that Group C was this season’s ‘group of death’, having some of the stronger teams within it.
Qatar SC qualified for the final winning tough matches in Group C. They started their campaign drawing with a stubborn Umm Salal 1-1, and then they beat QSL leaders Lekhwiya 4-3 and followed it by trouncing Al Sailiya 3-0. In the quarters they beat Eljaish 3-2.
In group B - Eljaish secured the only qualifying spot finishing on 10 points with Al Ahli just missing out with eight points in second.
Umm Salal and Qatar SC both qualified from Group C to reach the quarter-finals with both teams level on seven points and the former finishing top on goal difference.
In Group A - Al Sadd finished top of their group on nine points and qualified for the semi-finals.
Al Sadd beat Muaither 2-1, Al Arabi 6-1, Al Khor 3-1, but lost to Rayyan 3-2 in the group stage.
In the semi-finals, Al Sadd beat Umm Salal 3-2.
Meanwhile, Qatar SC coach Lazaroni, whose contract with the club will end in May, said he will not renew his contract.
The coach who was delighted with the win said his players rose to the occasion and gave him a ‘great gift’ in the form of the title,
“I have decided not to continue training with the club and wish to inform the management of Qatar Sports Club of my decision and wish to thank them for their support to me over the past years,” said the former Qatar and Brazil national team coach.
Lazaroni has had been with Qatar SC since 2008 and for a brief period the coach of the Qatar team in the 2012 season.
He coached Brazil at the 1990 World Cup. The Peninsula