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Michael Olunga scored two goals and spoiled Youssef Msakni’s joy with his brace, as Al Duhail beat 3-2.

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Michael Olunga scored two goals and spoiled Youssef Al Msakni’s joy with his brace, as Al Duhail defeated defending champion Al Arabi 3-2 on Monday in the opening of the quarter-finals of the Emir of Qatar Football Cup, qualifying at their expense to the semi-finals.

Al-Duhail will meet in the semi-finals with Al-Sadd, which qualified with a 1-0 victory over Al-Wakrah.

Al-Duhail equalized twice during the match after Al-Arabi advanced both times through Youssef Al-Maskani. Then Al-Duhail advanced in the second half and saved its own net after that to snatch the qualification ticket.

Al-Arabi opened the scoring just two minutes after the start of the match when Al-Maskani set off and dribbled past the defense brilliantly, then shot a powerful ball from outside the penalty area that found its way into the net.

Play was stopped for a few minutes, as the referee resorted to video assistant technology to confirm the accuracy of the goal due to the ball hitting Msakni’s arm before shooting it into the net. Before reviewing the shot and announcing the accuracy of the goal, the referee issued a warning to Al-Duhail coach Christophe Galtier due to his objection.

Al-Duhail equalized in the eighth minute when Olunga received a cross and headed the ball into the net.

Al-Arabi took the lead again in the tenth minute with the second goal of Al-Masakni, who launched a counterattack and shot a falling ball from outside the penalty area that found its way into the net despite the goalkeeper’s attempt to stop it over the goal line.

Al-Duhail equalized in the 25th minute when Philippe Coutinho took advantage of a ball that was blocked by the defense and did not disperse it as required, and put it into the net, declaring a 2-2 draw for Al-Duhail.

Al Duhail took the lead in the 59th minute, when Olunga received a cross inside the penalty area and shot the ball directly into the net, taking advantage of the lack of supervision. The team then maintained its lead to end the match as a 3-2 winner and qualify for the semi-finals.

Bounedjah leads Al Sadd to the semi-finals

Al-Sadd secured the second place in the semi-finals after defeating Al-Wakrah with a single goal scored by Baghdad Bounedjah in the 20th minute.

Akram Afif almost gave Al Sadd the lead in the 17th minute when he received a long shot and shot hard from inside the penalty area, but the ball hit the crossbar from above.

Bounedjah opened the scoring for Al Sadd in the 20th minute when he evaded defensive control inside the penalty area, received a pass, and then skillfully shot the ball into the net.

Bounedjah almost scored the second goal in the 31st minute, but Al-Wakrah goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Bakri blocked the ball brilliantly.

Al Sadd’s goalkeeper, Mishal Barshim, excelled greatly in the 55th minute, as he blocked a powerful surprise ball from Omar Salah that almost resulted in a tie.

Barshim saved Al Sadd’s net from a certain goal again in the 89th minute, as he brilliantly blocked a dangerous ball from Gelson Dala.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time in the match, Bounedjah received a cross and headed the ball into the net, but the referee canceled the goal after referring to the video assistant technology, due to Bounedjah committing a mistake before scoring the net, so the match ended with Al Sadd winning 1-0.