Wednesday, 23rd March, 2022
20:00 kick-off at Al Sadd Stadium
Reigning champions Al Sailiya face Al Rayyan in the second semifinal of 2021-2022 season Ooredoo Cup at the Al Sadd Stadium on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 20:00.
Al Sailiya progressed to the semifinals by topping the five-team Group B with 15 points (four wins, three draws and one defeat). The Peregrines had a goal difference of +14 (23 goals for and nine against).
On the other hand, Al Rayyan qualified for the semifinals as the runners-up of Group A with 12 points (four victories and as many defeats). The Lions had a goal difference of 0 (13 goals for and as many against).
It may be recalled that Al Sailiya had beaten Al Rayyan 2-0 in the final of 2020-2021 season Ooredoo Cup, with goals from Serigne Mbodji and Mohanad Ali.
Al Sailiya are on a high, having beaten Second Division runners-up Al Kharaitiyat 3-2 with a last-gasp goal in the Relegation Play-off on 19th March. Al Sailiya went into the Play-Off after finishing in 11th position in the recently-concluded 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League with 16 points (three wins, seven draws and 12 defeats).
On the other hand, Al Rayyan ended up in eighth spot in the league with 24 points (six wins, as many draws and 10 defeats).
Coaches Tunisian Sami Trabelsi (Al Sailiya) and Chilean Nicolas Cordova (Al Rayyan) are sure to make their wards go the extra mile in order to book a berth in the title clash.
Trabelsi has been at the helm of Al Sailiya for a long time, whereas Cordova recently took over Al Rayyan from Frenchman Laurent Blanc.