Al-Qadisiyah Advances to Quarter-Finals After Penalty Shootout Drama

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 1: Al-Qadisiyah secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the His Highness the Crown Prince Football Cup after a thrilling encounter against Al-Fahaheel. The match concluded with a 2-2 draw in regular and extra time, leading to a nail-biting penalty shootout that ended 5-4 in favor of Qadsiyah at the Friendship and Peace Stadium on this Friday evening.

The upcoming quarter-final match for Al-Qadisiyah on December 20 awaits the winner between Al-Sahel and Khaitan. The first half saw relatively equal control, with limited attempts from the Fahaheel side. Al-Qadisiyah’s Nigerian midfielder, Daniel Gebula, initiated the action with a shot from the edge of the penalty area, narrowly missing the goal. Al-Fahaheel’s Brazilian striker, William Barros, had a chance but couldn’t get past Qadisiyah goalkeeper Ali Grag.

The lead for Al-Qadisiyah came in the 17th minute when Libyan Mohammed Sula scored with a header following a precise pass from Eid Al-Rashidi. Despite creating difficulties for Al-Fahaheel’s defense, Al-Qadisiyah couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities to increase their lead.

In the second half, Al-Qadisiyah’s professional, Jibola, took a long-range shot that hit the right post of Al-Ahmar’s goalkeeper. Al-Fahaheel leveled the score with Abdul Mohsen Al-Ajmi’s smart pass, expertly finished by Tunisian Abdul Rahman Al-Hanashi in the 53rd minute. However, Al-Qadisiyah regained the lead with a beautiful left shot in the 65th minute, overcoming the defensive efforts of 5 Al-Fahaheel’s players.

In the 81st minute, Al-Fahaheel played with a numerical disadvantage as their Ivorian defender, Ado Robben, received a direct red card. Despite some offensive substitutions by Al-Qadisiyah, they couldn’t take advantage, and Al-Fahaheel equalized with a Baros header in the 90+2 minute, forcing the match into extra time. The additional time yielded no further goals, leading to a tense penalty shootout that ultimately favored Al-Qadisiyah. Key contributors to the successful penalties included Badr Al-Mutawa, Nayef Zuwaid, Gebula, Khaled Ibrahim, and Youssef Al-Haqqan for Qadisiyah. While Sawla missed his kick, Al-Fahaheel’s successful penalties came from Faisal Ajab, Vitor, Muhammad Naeem, and Abdul Mohsen Al-Ajmi, with Baros and Hashem Adnan missing theirs.

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