Reigning champions Al Sailiya made it to the 2021-2022 season Ooredoo Cup final by beating Al Rayyan by a 3-2 margin in the second semifinal at the Al Sadd Stadium on Wednesday.
Al Sailiya will take on Al Wakrah in the final, to be played on Monday, 28th March, 2022, at the Al Sadd Stadium from 18:30 onwards.
Al Wakrah defeated Al Gharafa 5-3 in the first semifinal.
Walter Bwalya (15th minute) and Driss Fettouhi (51st and 81st minutes) scored for Al Sailiya.
Al Rayyan’s goals were scored by Mowafaq Awad (44th minute) and Stephen Nzonzi (65th minute).
The match witnessed the red-card suspension of Al Rayyan player Mohammed Juma in the 75th minute for fouling Al Sailiya striker Mohammed Salah El Neel.
It was a repeat of last season’s Ooredoo Cup final, where Al Sailiya defeated Al Rayyan 2-0.
Al Sailiya were on a high, having beaten Second Division runners-up Al Kharaitiyat 3-2 in the Relegation Play-off on 19th March to retain their spot in next season’s QNB Stars League.
The exciting semifinal encounter between Al Sailiya and Al Rayyan was marked by outstanding goals, as Fettouhi scored two outstanding ones, both from outside the area, and Mowafaq Awad scored a beautiful goal with a solo effort.
Al Rayyan matched Al Sailiya ball for ball, but the latter had the last laugh.
Al Sailiya had reached the semifinals by topping the five-team Group B with 15 points, whereas Al Rayyan qualified for the last-four stage as the runners-up of Group A with 12 points.