(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Hot on the heels of Qatar's Asian Cup success, Aspire Academy raised hopes of another triumph for the nation when they reached the semi-finals of the Al Kass Cup.
Yesterday at the Aspire Academy training grounds, a hard-fought 1-0 win over Turkish side Altinordu set up a last-four clash with either Roma or Spartak Moscow.
Aspire went close on seven minutes when Fahad Al-Abdulla sent his shot narrowly wide on but it was only a temporary reprieve for Altinordu as Khaled Bin Sabaa sent a fine curling shot into the net two minutes later. Receiving the ball from Abdulrahman Al-Abdulrahman, he gave Emirhan Emir no chance with a finely executed finish and it turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Five minutes before the break, Kadira went close to doubling the advantage when his effort was saved by Emir but then hit the Aspire midfielder and looped over the keeper but Rahmi Kaya tracked back to clear.
Aspire also started the second half well and Mekki Tombari saw his 48th minute effort deflected wide after good work from Al-Abdulrahman Tatli then sent a powerful effort wide as Altinordu pushed for an equalizer, but Aspire remained well organized and allowed the Turks very few clear chances.
Aspire tried to make sure of victory and Osamah Altairi found Bin Sabaa who beat one player before forcing a fine save.
Meanwhile, Rangers progressed to the semi-finals with a win 7-0 over Ecoile Sportive du Sahel yesterday. The winners of the Real Madrid and Kashiwa Reysol match will face Rangers in the semi-final.