Shabab Al Ahli will clash with Al Nasr in the Arabian Gulf Cup final on April 6th in a repeat of last season's final, which saw the latter claim the title with a 2-1 win.
The Blues booked their spot in the final for the second time in a row and the third in their history after beating Ittihad Kalba on penalties. The Tigers entered the game on the front foot thanks to their 2-1 advantage from the first leg at Al Maktoum Stadium. However, a strong start to the game and two first-half goals from Ryan Mendes and Diaa Saba handed Al Nasr a 3-2 advantage, before Peniel Mlapa scored from the spot to send the game to a penalty shootout, which saw Al Nasr emerge victorious 7-6 on penalties.
Al Nasr had also secured their spot in last year’s final after defeating Al Ain 4-1 on penalties in the semi-final.
Shabab Al Ahli’s journey to their third straight final saw them outclass Al Wasl 5-1 on aggregate. After their valuable 2-0 win in the first leg, Shabab Al Ahli cruised to a 3-1 victory at Rashid Stadium thanks to Federico Cartabia’s brace and Igor Jesus goal. Fabio Lima scored Al Wasl’s only goal in the tie from the spot. Shabab Al Ahli will be looking to avenge their defeat to Al Nasr in last year’s final and earn a record-extending fifth title.