After some highly competitive games in the group stages the round of 16 play offs in 2017 Workers’ Cup did not fail to excite the fans. There were 16 matches played this Friday March 17 from 8am at the QFA Al Thumama fields featuring all 32 teams. This year the last 16 has been split into two divisions, the “Champions Trophy”, which will feature teams who finish first and second in their group and the “Shield Plate”, which will feature teams who have finished third and fourth in their respective groups.
Match 49: Nakheel Lanscapes 2 vs Group 5 Security 1
G5S were knocked out of the Championship by a late 55th minute goal by Kanate of Nakheel Landscapes. A penalty was awarded in the dying minutes of the game with scores tied at 1-1. Nakheel took an early lead when G5S conceded within the first three minutes of the game. A free kick brought G5S level but ultimately a late tackle proved costly as it gave away the winning penalty to Nakheel.
Match 50: Taleb Group 3 vs Mowasalat 0
Reigning champions Taleb Group head to the quarter finals with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Mowasalat.
They had brilliant start as 2 early goals within 4 minutes put the game well out of reach of Mowasalat. A Third goal in the fifty seventh minute ensured that the defending champions march on into the Quarters.
Match 51: L&T (0) 3 vs Al Balagh L&T JV (0) 1
The L&T beat Al Balagh L&T JV on penalty kicks to secure a place in the last 8 of the Workers Cup 2017. Baba Mumin converted the winning penalty after Al Balagh’s 4th penalty kick by Raphael Kojo hit the crossbar, and won the game after a goalless 60 minutes of regular and extra time. Game 52: G4S 5 vs Outlook Trading 0
G4S secured their position in the quarterfinal with a dominant 5-0 win over Outlook. G4S’s Omar Eisa scored twice and made an assist as G4S cruised into the quarterfinals as brave Outlook’s amazing run finally came to an end. Match 57: ALYSJ (0) 5 vs Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar (0) 4
ALYSJ secured a place in the last eight of the Workers Cup after a perfect five goal penalty shots leaving the overconfident Shapoorji shell-shocked when their do-or-die last penalty was hit wide off the post. Match 58: Arab Coast Projects 0 vs Al Asmakh 1
Al Asmakh kept up the heat on with a narrow 1-0 victory over in-form Arab Coast team. Arab Coast came into the game on the back of an unbeaten first round and had the better opportunities on the night but Al Askmakh’s Abubakr Faisal’s 14th-minute strike settled the affair. Match 59: Doha Pest Control 1 vs Desert Line Group 3
With the game, just five minutes away from heading to a penalty showdown after the evenly contested game tied at 1-1, John Bosco stood forward with a quick-fire attack leading to a penalty five minutes from time. It was 2-1 and Doha Pest were thrown into a cauldron and quickly felt the heat as Hamisi Ziro broke through the weak Doha Pest defence to make it 3-1 with three minutes left in the game. Match 60: AALCO (1) 4 vs Gulf Contracting Company (GCC) (1) 2
AALCO keeper Idrissu Jamal stole the show with two spectacular saves when the game went to penalties after a 1-1 tie at full-time. It was 4-2 for AALCO who have come back in the tournament beating last year’s silver medallists and now proudly head to the last eight facing Desert Line next Friday.
In Workers Shield playoff action 16 teams battled it out to make their way into the quarter finals.
Galfar Al Misnad managed to pull through with a 2-1 win over AKTOR S.A. TRAGS trounced Al Balagh as they booked their spot in the last eight by scoring 14 goals to no reply. Dulsco hammered AGME 4-0 while Delta Doha won 3-1 against BOTC. COFELY Besix Manai lost to Boom Construction 4-5 on penalties and Medgulf were in cruise control winning against Tanzifco 6-0. Carillion head into the last eight with a 2-0 win over NAAAS Group.