Bahrain’s Muharraq qualified for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) final by defeating Kuwait by two goals to two in the semi-finals (West Final) at the Ali Bin Mohammed Stadium on Wednesday.
Jordanian Mahmoud al-Mardi (21) and Brazilian Flavio Corica (45 “1) scored for al-Muharraq.
Al-Muharraq qualified for the final against Uzbekistan’s NASA after two goals and two extra in the regional final at the loss of Lee Mann of Hong Kong.
The match came quickly and both teams exchanged control of events.
The hosts’ efforts were through the kicks of Brazilian Flavio Corica, with passes from midfielder Abdelwahab al-Maloud and left-back Rashid al-Houti.
Flavio had two chances in a row, but Jordanian Mahmoud al-Mardi scored with a direct free kick from outside the penalty area that deceived everyone in the net by Kuwaiti goalkeeper Hamid al-Khalaf (21).
Before the end of the first half, Flavio coordinated Al-Muharraq’s progress with the second goal, using a cross pass and poor defensive coverage to score against goalkeeper Al-Ghalf (45 + 1).
In the second half, Kuwait’s Tunisian coach Fatih al-Jabal threw all his attacking cards in an attempt to reduce the difference, and his player Brahma missed two chances from a header (53) and a shot went to the right post (56).
Amid efforts by the guests to narrow the gap, al-Muharraq recovered the opposing balls, and Mahmoud al-Mardi missed a valuable chance to score the third goal (68), then played the ball into the empty goal after Flavio Dodging. Goalkeeper, but the defense put it off just in time (74).
Reached the final for the third time since 2006, losing to Jordan’s al-Faisal in the 2008 edition, winning the historic title. At the expense of the Lebanese Safa for the first time.
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