Al Qadsia crowned AFC Cup Champions


Dubai: Danijel Subotic scored the vital spot kick as Al Qadsia claimed the AFC Cup for the first time in their third appearance in the final in five years with a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Arbil at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Swiss striker clinched the title for the Kuwaiti club to keep the trophy in the Gulf state just 12 months after losing in the final to compatriots Kuwait Sports Club.

Al Qadsia were crowned champions after the final ended scoreless following 120 minutes and goalkeeper Nawaf Al Khaldi set up Subotic to win the title for Al Qadsia, saving Ali Faez Atiyah’s effort in the penultimate round.

Dhary Saeed and Hawar Mohammed missed for Al Qadsia and Arbil respectively after Bader Al Mutwa and Amjad Rahdi had both scored in the opening round of spot kicks before Al Khaldi dived full length to his right to push Atiyah’s attempt wide of the goal.

On the balance of play over the 120 minutes, Al Qadsia were deserved winners having dominated for much of the game without being able to find a way to register on the scoreboard.