Posted on May 19, 2013

HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani attended Saturday the final of HH the Emir Cup played  at Khalifa International stadium between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan. Al Rayyan won the title after defeating Al Sadd 2-1.

HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Personal Representative of HH the Emir, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani,  the Private  Advisor to  HH  the Emir  and HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa all attended the match . The match was also attended by HE the  Speaker of the Advisory (Shura)  Council Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khulaifi  as well as a number of their excellencies  ministers and Sheikhs.

HH the Emir handed the the trophy and golden medals to Al Rayyan players  and silver medals to Al Sadd players. It is the sixth time that Al Rayyan claims HH the Emir Cup. They won it previously on 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011, the team has reached the final on 15th different occasions. Al Rayyan's win prevented Al Sadd from achieving the double this season. They had won the league earlier this season.

Al Rayyan took the lead as early as the sixth minute through Nilmar Da Silva. Three minutes later, Fabio Cesar doubled Al Rayyan's lead courtesy of a penalty. Spanish and Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez pulled one back for Al Sadd at the 55th minute. Al Rayyan managed however to hold onto the win to seal the title.