DOHA: Al Ali defeated Qatar Stars League (QSL) winners Lekhwiya 3-2 to move into the semi-finals of the Emir Cup.
Also making it to the last four stage were Al Gharafa, Al Sailiya and Al Sadd.
Al Ahli had finished a creditable sixth in the QSL, but their win yesterday was a pointer to the fact that there’s precious little to choose from among the top five or six teams in Qatar.
Iranian international Mojtaba Jabbari scored a brace for the winners.
In the other matches, Al Gharafa defeated Qatar Cup winners El Jaish 9-8 in penalty shoot-out, while Al Sailiya also registered 8-7 win over Al Khor.
Al Sadd completed the last four teams with a 2-0 win over Al Arabi. In the semi-finals, Al Ahli face Al Sailiya, while in the second match on May 10 Al Sadd face Al Gharafa, both matches will be played at Al Sadd Stadium.
The final is on May 17.