- Al Sadd hold off Hienghene Sport 3-1 in extra time
- Late goals from Abdelkarim Hassan and Pedro Miguel see Qatari side through
- They earn the right to face Monterrey on 14 December
Al Sadd secured a meeting with Monterrey by seeing off Hienghene Sport 3-1 after extra time in a nail-biting opener to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019.
Abdelkarim Hassan’s powerfully converted indirect free-kick set them on the way to victory in extra time, with Pedro Miguel adding an insurance goal late on. Baghdad Bounedjah and Amy Roine struck in either half to see the 90 minutes end on par.
The debutants started off in impressive fashion, undaunted by their first steps on the global stage. Jefferson Dahite hammered into the side netting before Roine’s spectacular overhead attempt illustrated their intent.
However, the predatory finishing of Bounedjah saw him steal in between the Hienghene centre-backs and flick home the first goal of the tournament. Akram Afif thought he’d made it two, but his strike was ruled out for offside.
The game turned on its head inside a minute of the restart, as Roine muscled his way through to curl home superbly. Initially ruled out for a foul, a VAR review brought about jubilant scenes from the Pacific islanders.
Al Sadd regained the lead late in the first period of extra time by forcing a mistake from goalkeeper Rocky Nyikeine, who handled a team-mate’s back-pass while under duress. Hassan took full advantage, blasting past a wall of defenders from close range.
Pedro Miguel capped off a smooth counter-attack six minutes from the final whistle to ensure the home side advanced.