Al Sadd downs Al Shabab 1-0 to reach ACL quarters
Al Sadd of Qatar beat Al Shabab 1-0 to reach the Asian Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday and add to the misery of Saudi Arabia, which saw three teams lose in the round of 16.
Abdulla Koni headed home the winner in the 12th minute and the home side held on for the victory in searing heat that forced organizers to turn on the Al Sadd stadium cooling system.
Al Shabab had several chances to equalize but were repeatedly thwarted by Al Sadd goalkeeper Mohamed Saqr. In the 13th minute, Al Shabab's Marcelo Camacho produced a spectacular shot that forced Saqr to make a diving save. Camacho was on target again in the 25th but Saqr punched the ball clear.