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Al Wasl emerge GCC champions

Al Wasl made history late on Tuesday night as they became the fourth UAE club to win the GCC Clubs Championship

  • By Yasir Abbasher, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 12:30 April 28, 2010

Al Wasl
  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Fans celebrate after Al Wasl became the fourth UAE club to win the GCC Clubs Championship on Tuesday night.
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Abu Dhabi: Al Wasl made history late on Tuesday as they became just the fourth UAE club to win the GCC Clubs Championship after forcing a 1-1 tie with Qatar Club to win the final on away goals.

Al Wasl, playing behind closed doors, dominated most of the match, especially the first half in which they launched a series of quick counter-attacks, creating havoc in Qatar's defence.

The first leg in Doha had ended in a 2-2 tie, which had made Al Wasl the favourites for the title.

Head coach Alexandre Guimaraes surprised his opponents when his team started the second half with a pressing attack, and their efforts were rewarded when Saeed Al Kass scored in the 56th minute, following a cross from the left flank from Fadhil Ahmad.

Referee Yousuf Al Thuwaibi, from Kuwait, should have sent off Abdullah Al Kawari, who retaliated and pushed Oliveira following a foul, but the official waved play on despite protests from the home players.

And it was Al Kawari who levelled the score on 83 minutes, following a pass form Sebastian Soria. However, it proved too little too late for the visitors and the match ended with Al Wasl winning the regional title.

They join Al Shabab, Al Ain and Al Jazira, who have won the cup during the past 24 versions.

AFC Champions League: Al Ain end on high

Al Ain achieved a morale-boosting victory in the AFC Champions League in their last match of the group stages.

Both Al Ain and Al Ahli, who were also in action on Tuesday night, had already failed to reach the second stage of the continental competition.

Al Ain, playing at home, defeated Sepahan, from Iran, 2-0 with Argentinian striker Jose Sand scoring both goals to scupper the Iranian club's chance of reaching the second stage.

Al Shabab, from Saudi Arabia, finished top of Group C with 10 points after beating Pakhtakor, from Uzbekistan, 2-1.

Despite the loss, the Uzbeks also qualified with nine points while Sepahan remained on eight and Al Ain on seven.

Al Ahli, meanwhile, drew 2-2 with Al Sadd to finish bottom of Group D