Posted on January 15, 2017

In an unexpected turn of events, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) knocked Qatar Central Bank (QCB) out of Aspire Banks Football Tournament in a closely fought contest that ended in a penalty shootout.

The result means QIB is set to face Masraf Al Rayan (MAR) for the overall tournament title in Monday night’s final, following MAR’s 2-0 defeat of Doha Bank in their last game. Despite initial strong, attacking play QCB which tested QIB’s defence on a number of occasions, the game eventually ended in victory for QIB. The team from QIB demonstrated clear tactical awareness, strength in defence, and managed to counter-attack effectively. Their consistently strong performances has seen them emerge as one of the surprise star teams of the tournament.

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During the second match of the night, MAR – the strongest performing team in the tournament thus far and favourites to secure the title – defeated Doha Bank 2-0 in a high-tempo, exciting match that was also full of strong attacking play. The final round of matches in the Aspire Banks Tournament take place on Monday January 16, when Doha Bank and QCB battle it out for third place in a game that kicks off at 6:30PM. The tournament final between QIB and MAR is set to start at 8PM.

An official closing ceremony to bring the tournament to a close will take place after the match. During this ceremony, first, second and third placed teams will be awarded for their efforts. Awards will also be presented to the best player, best striker, best goalkeeper, best coach, best administrator, and a fair play award for the most sportsmanlike team.

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