DOHA: Football giants Al Sadd returned to winning ways by beating surprise finalists Umm Salal 1-0 to lift the Qatar Stars League Cup QNB.
Playing in front of a sizeable crowd at Al Arabi Stadium, Al Sadd relied on a second-half strike by Mohammed Yousef Ahmed Ali to edge past the men in orange. It was Al Sadd’s first major trophy win since the end of last football season.
From the edge of Umm Salal box, Ali fired a looping shot over the goalkeeper for the match’s only goal.
The previous season’s champions Al Gharafa could not reach the semi-finals this year.
Al Sadd booked their place in the final following their 5-4 victory through a penalty shoot-out over Qatar SC on Tuesday.
Umm Salal’s final spot was registered after beating Al Rayyan 1-0 at the Grand Hamad Stadium on Monday.
QFA President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani gave away the prizes.
Al Sadd, coached by Cosmin Olaroiu, picked up the top prize of QR1m whereas the losing finalists bagged QR500,000.
The winners of each game pocketed QR40,000.
Al Sadd players celebrated their win with club fans after receiving the silver trophy from Sheikh Hamad.
The Qatar Stars League (QSL) clubs now resume the 2010-2011 football season, which was halted to complete the six-week event.